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HCM City mulls flood prevention at airport

Update: June, 09/2018 - 06:00
Officials from various agencies held a meeting to discuss solutions to prevent flooding at HCM City’s Tân Sơn Nhất Airport. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The Civil Aviation Authority of Việt Nam, the HCM City Department of Transport and other agencies held a meeting on Thursday to discuss solutions to Tân Sơn Nhất Airport’s flooding problem.

According to a recent report by the Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme, drainage systems both inside and outside the airport have been blocked by trash and construction debris.

Bùi Xuân Cường, director of the department, told the meeting that three main drainage systems, the Hy Vọng, Nhật Bản and A41 canals, require widening and dredging.

However, the works would be completed only by the next rainy season, he said.

The upgrade of A41 is awaiting land acquisition and expected to begin soon, while work on one branch of Nhật Bản has been completed and the other is expected to be finished next year, he said.

Võ Huy Cường, CAAV deputy director, saying flood prevention activities lacked cohesion in the past, promised to direct the Airports Corporation of Việt Nam to ensure flood prevention works are synchronised in future.

The CAAV has instructed related units to deploy temporary measures to prevent floods until the canal works are finished.

Hứa Quốc Hưng, deputy chairman of the Tân Bình District People’s Committee, said the drainage systems inside and outside the airport were not built simultaneously and so are not properly linked, leading to flooding.

The People’s Committee has proposed to build open drains to improve the aircraft parking area’s drainage capacity, he said.

The Southern Airport Authority is planning to build a lake at the nearby Chảo Lửa football field to drain water from the airport. — VNS



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