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Southernmost Vietnamese province rushes to protect coastal embankment from erosion

Southernmost Vietnamese province rushes to protect coastal embankment from erosion

Sunday, September 06, 2020, 17:58 GMT+7
Southernmost Vietnamese province rushes to protect coastal embankment from erosion
A bird’s-eye view of the coastal embankment in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

The administration of Ca Mau Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, is going all out to fortify over 3,300 meters of coastal embankment at high risk of erosion.

Four sections measuring a total of 3,325 meters along the coastal embankment in Ca Mau need to be promptly protected from erosion.

The situation is most urgent in Khanh Tien Commune, U Minh District, where strong waves have devoured large areas of protection forest and are threatening the local embankment.

People fortify a section of coastal embankment in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

People reinforce a section of coastal embankment in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Residents affected by erosion have moved to the Huong Mai relocation zone in the commune.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, a dyke break is likely to happen during the coming rainy season if the embankment is not reinforced and protected properly.

This will threaten more than 26,000 households living on the western coast of Ca Mau, Vietnam's southernmost province, as well as their 128,900 hectares of agricultural land.

People fortify a section of coastal embankment in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

People fortify a section of coastal embankment in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Ca Mau authorities have proposed spending VND10 billion (US$431,180) on solving the problem.

Another VND4 billion ($172,400) has also been used to upgrade the more vulnerable sections of the coastal embankment,

A warning sign is put at an embankment section affected by erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A warning sign is put at an embankment section affected by erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A resident travels on a makeshift raft in an area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A resident travels on a makeshift raft in an area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Houses are being built at the Huong Mai relocation zone in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

Houses are being built at the Huong Mai relocation zone in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A residential area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A residential area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A residential area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A residential area affected by coastal erosion in Ca Mau Province, Vietnam. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

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