|A section of the Hòa Liên flood discharge channel under construction in Hòa Vang and Liên Chiểu districts. The city has accelerated the project’s construction schedule after a delay. — VNS Photo Thu Hiền|
ĐÀ NẴNG — The central city of Đà Nẵng has revved up construction of a 5.9km flood discharge channel system intended to keep people safe in their homes when flood season comes this year.
The system is to be located in Hòa Vang and Liên Chiểu districts, benefiting people who live in Hòa Liên commune. It will extend along Nguyễn Tất Thành Street, provincial road No 602 and Hòa Trung reservoir.
The city said the project, begun in March 2015, had been delayed due to slow land clearance and site preparation, as well as the need to complete the resettlement allocation in Hòa Liên Commune.
According to Trung Nam joint stock company, the project contractor, an 83m bridge and entrance road system along the channel had been put into operation last year, while 70 per cent of the 5.9km channel construction was finished. The remainder will be completed later this year.
The city’s northwest region, including Liên Chiểu and Hòa Vang districts, is seen as a vulnerable site to flood and storm season between November and December. The population of 50,000 suffers from floods and landslides annually.
The flood discharge channel project, built with total investment of VNĐ114 billion (more than US$5 million), plays as a key role in protecting this area – the lowest in the city – from serious damage due to flood.
In 2013, Đà Nẵng suffered a loss of $33 million when the storm Nari damaged more than 1,100 houses. — VNS