Erosion hit many areas in central Quảng Trị Province. — VNA/VNS Photo
QUẢNG TRỊ — The central province of Quảng Trị needs around VNĐ990 billion (US$42.8 million) by 2030 to handle erosion, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Of which, the province needs some VNĐ273 billion ($11.8 million) in 2019-20 for emergency tasks to fix specifically dangerous areas.
The proposal was made because erosion remained commonplace in the province, threatening residents’ safety.
The funds will be prioritised to build embankments, set up warning maps about areas at high risk of erosion and relocate residents in erosion-prone areas.
The province has recorded over 125 km-long coastal areas being eroded as of mid-October.
The local authorities said the erosion has hit many areas of the province and the erosion developed unpredictably at a rapid rate.
Serious erosion was recorded at the coastal area of Vinh Mộc Village, Vĩnh Thạch Commune, Vĩnh Linh District with a length of 2,000m, affecting the lives of 250 local households.
The Vịnh Mốc Tunnel, a national historical site, was also damaged by the erosion. Erosion has hit the Vịnh Mốc coastline since 2006 due to saltwater encroachment. It requires an estimated VNĐ125 billion to deal with the erosion in this area alone, according to the local authorities.
Around 3,000m of coastlines through Thái Lai, Tân Mạch, Thử Luật and Tân Hòa villages in Vĩnh Linh District are also being seriously eroded.
Storms, prolonged heavy rains and regular floods are blamed for the increasing erosion. — VNS