|Part of the dyke along the Mã River in central Thanh Hóa Province has become seriously eroded. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — The People’s Committee of central Thanh Hóa Province has approved VNĐ34 billion (US$1.46 million) for repairs on the dyke system along the Mã River, which has sustained serious damage after storms and flooding over recent years.
The committee said the repairs and rebuilding of the 188m eroded dyke in Hàm Rồng Ward, Thanh Hóa City was a priority in preparation for the upcoming rainy season.
The total cost of the repair work will be allocated from the State budget and provincial funds.
Nguyễn Đức Quyền, deputy chairman of the committee, said the committee has asked the investor of the project to strictly follow regulations on the dyke system when carrying out the repair work.
The 1.4-kilometre-long dyke was built in 2011 with total investment capital of more than VNĐ100 billion ($4.29 million). After just one year, part of the dyke passing Hàm Rồng Ward showed signs of erosion. In particular, a 60-metre-long section has been eroded, forcing local authorities to restrict access to the area to ensure locals are safe.
Heavy rainfall and flooding over the past two years has been blamed. Results of the inspection by the provincial forces showed that the two rows of concrete piles, used to reinforce the dyke, had been swept away. No alternative solution has been made so far.
The provincial People’s Committee has requested the Sub-department of Dyke and Storm and Flood Control and the consultancy units to clarify the responsibilities of those involved. — VNS