The My Khe Beach in the central city of Da Nang is being threatened by severe coastal erosion, prompting authorities to make parts of one of Vietnam’s most famous beaches temporarily off-limit.
The ban, applicable to both locals and tourists, was announced after Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho headed a delegation of officials and experts to inspect the ongoing phenomenon at the beach on Friday.
According to inspection reports, coastal erosion at My Khe is expanding and getting more serious, causing seaside buildings to suffer from subsidence and structural damages.
Parts of the embankment that runs along the beach has been worn away by wave action and tidal currents, exposing the steel bars inside the structure and creating deep waterholes on the beach.
Authorities have erected police lines and warning signs to ward beachgoers off the dangerous zones.
Chairman Tho has requested that the municipal construction and environment departments work together on determining the cause of the erosion and suggest solutions to the problem.
In the meantime, the eroded areas are to be reinforced to prevent further damage and ensure the city’s ability to withstand upcoming storms, if any, Tho said.
|Da Nang chairman Huynh Duc Tho (C) inspects an eroded area at the My Khe Beach in Da Nang, January 19, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|A concrete pavement along the My Khe Beach in Da Nang is cracked. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Warning signs are placed along the My Khe Beach in Da Nang. Photo: Tuoi Tre|