|An erosion site on Mỏ Cày Nam District’s Mỏ Cày riverbank in June. Bến Tre has asked for VNĐ250 billion from the central government to build revetments along the river. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn|Viet Nam News
BẾN TRE — Bến Tre Province authority has requested VNĐ250 billion (US$10.9 million) from the central government to build a revetment along Mỏ Cày Nam District’s Mỏ Cày riverbank to combat bank erosion, according to Cao Văn Trọng, chairman of Bến Tre People’s Committee.
The revetment project, which will be nearly 3 kilometres long, will be built to protect the 2,000 nearby households as well as community facilities and factories from soil erosion.
Nguyễn Ngọc An, deputy chairman of Mỏ Cày Town People’s Committee, said that four houses along a 30-metre long eroded section in residental quarter No. 7 had fallen into the river in June.
Đinh Văn Xuân, who lives in the quarter, said that half of his house was seriously damaged after it suddenly collapsed into the river in less than a minute.
Six metres of land along the river have eroded in quarter No.7. The erosion is expected to widen in the future, according to authorities.
The province has been investing in building river revetments for Mỏ Cày Town, but limited funds have prevented construction.
Around 70 households living near the riverbank have been evacuated, but most have nowhere to resettle.
The Mỏ Cày Town People’s Committee has urged the province to complete the revetment as well as help the evacuated move to other areas.
Climate change has caused devastating erosion along rivers and coasts in Bến Tre Province, affecting families and important construction works. — VNS