The administration of Ca Mau Province, southern Vietnam has declared a state of emergency to cope with severe land erosion which struck over 29 kilometers of land along the coastline in the area.
The impact of climate change and rising sea levels has triggered land erosion over a long period of time, thereby thinning out protected forest belts, Bui Van Dong, chief of the provincial unit for dike management said on Friday.
Six coastline sections with a total length of over 29 kilometers were struck by land subsidence.
The rapid erosion could pose a serious threat to residential areas in Dat Mui and Tan Thuan Communes, as well as local schools, headquarters of state agencies, power grids, farming land, if drastic actions are not swiftly taken, said the provincial administration.
To cope with the issue, the provincial chairman asked the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the administrations of Ngoc Hien, Nam Can, and Dam Doi Districts to jointly locate the hardest hit areas and arrange forces to monitor erosion developments.
They also have to seek appropriate solutions and conduct investment procedures to implement projects on land erosion prevention and control, and report their tasks to the authorities, the chairman added.