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Gov’t double checks tidal drains after City floods

Update: January, 06/2017 - 12:00
Wet bedtime: A house in Thạnh Xuân Ward in HCM City’s District 12 was flooded after the valve of a high-tide control culvert broke on Monday. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has called on all related agencies to check the high-tide controlling culvert system is in good shape to prevent unexpected occurrences during Tết (the Lunar New Year).

It comes after the valves of two culverts in District 12, in Thạnh Xuân Ward’s Cán Dù and Thạnh Lộc Ward’s Cả Bốn, broke on Monday evening and many houses were flooded to a depth of 30-40cm.

The flooding badly affected 50 households in Thạnh Xuân and 30 in Thạnh Lộc in addition to many small traders in Ngã Tư Ga Market.

By Tuesday the flooding had been stopped and the two culverts have been filled with sand bags to prevent a repeat during high tides.

The District 12 People’s Committee is assessing the losses to property and crops to assist them.

The two wards’ embankments are frequently broken during high tides because the culverts often have problems.

On October 16 last year a culvert valve in the Đá Hàn River embankment failed to work and caused the Đá Hàn River to break the embankment, flooding 40 houses and more than 10ha of farms in Thạnh Xuân Ward.

The ward has 70km of reinforced embankment, according to Vũ Anh Đức, the chairman of its People’s Committee. — VNS

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