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Cần Thơ City takes steps to prevent erosion

Update: June, 15/2020 - 08:00

 

Riverbank erosion caused one side of Rạch Cam Bridge to collapse into the river, blocking traffic on Provincial Road No 918 in Cần Thơ City on June 10. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liêm

CẦN THƠ — The People's Council of Cần Thơ City has approved investment policies for four anti-erosion projects with a total estimated investment of nearly VNĐ745 billion (US$32 million).

One of the new anti-erosion projects is an embankment worth VNĐ223.4 billion ($9.6 million) along the Ô Môn River in Ô Môn District’s Thới Hòa Ward.

Another embankment will also be built along the river section in Ô Môn District’s Thới An Ward, with an investment of VNĐ117 billion ($5 million).

A project worth VNĐ195.8 billion ($8.4 million) will include a new embankment to protect erosion-prone areas near Mỹ Khánh Market in Phong Điền District.

A section of Provincial Road No 918 will be repaired and upgraded at a cost of VNĐ208.3 billion ($9 million).

The capital for these works will be sourced from the Central budget, local budget and other sources.

Construction of the projects is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Phạm Văn Hiểu, chairman of the Cần Thơ City People's Council, has asked the city’s People’s Committee to complete procedures quickly for the projects and submit them to the Prime Minister for approval.

The city’s People’s Committee is requested to direct relevant agencies to implement the projects right after the central government disbursed capital, he said.

A river bank erosion caused the collapse of one side of Rạch Cam Bridge into the Bình Thủy River, blocking traffic on Provincial Road No 918 in Cần Thơ City on June 10.

According to the city’s Department of Transport, a new Rạch Cam Bridge will be built to replace the old one and is expected to be completed within two months.

On May 13, serious erosion occurred along Bình Thủy River over a length of 400m, causing two houses to fall into the river.

At least 17 erosion spots, covering a total length of 1,000m along the riverbanks, were recorded in the city by the end of May.

The erosion affected 37 houses and caused four houses of them to collapse into the river, with damage estimated at more than VNĐ12 billion ($517,000). — VNS

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