|The dike of the West Sea in Ca Mau Province is120 kilometres long and passes through the Phu Tan, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts which border Kien Giang Province.— VNA/VNS Photo
CA MAU (VNS) — The West Sea dike in the southern province of Ca Mau has been seriously damaged after it slid down following three days of continuous heavy rain.
This was announced by Le Van Su, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Today morning, the sea water overflowed some parts of the dike in Tran Van Thoi District through which more than 40 kilometres of the dike system passes. The sea water encroached more than 3 kilometres of farm land.
In some other sections, the sea water damaged the base of the dike, raising the risk of breaking of the structure.
Local authorities used sandbags and wooden stakes to temporarily strengthen the base of the dike.
The dike of the West Sea in Ca Mau Province is120 kilometres long and passes through the Phu Tan, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts which border Kien Giang Province.
It not only prevents sea water from overflowing into farm land, but is also used in the province's defence system.
The dike was first installed in 1990. But as it was made of soil and did not have a concrete embankment, it was downgraded.
The province's project to upgrade the dike system was approved by the Government with a total funding of VND1.3 trillion (US$61.9 million). During the period 2013-14, the province received VND50 billion ($2.3 million) each year. The funds were used to build 3kilometres of dikes and to repair areas where the dikes had slid down.
Every year, the province loses dozens of billions of dong due to sliding down of land into rivers, according to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
Specifically, the province uses VND15 billion ($714,200) from the State budget per year to repair the damage cause by the landslide, and VND5 billion ($238,000) to pay the labourers doing the repair work.
The farm products lost due to sliding down of land were estimated to be worth about VND10 billion ($476,100) per year. — VNS