The local 192 km-long coastline has been severely degraded by erosion (Source: tinmoitruong.vn)

Binh Thuan (VNA) - About 100 kilometres of sea embankment in the south central province of Binh Thuan will be built at an estimated capital of 3.5 trillion VND (159 million USD).

According to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the construction will be implemented over a five year period until 2020. 

The local 192 km-long coastline has been severely degraded by erosion, including sections in Tien Thanh commune in Phan Thiet city, and Lien Huong and La Gi towns.

Notably, some areas in Tien Duc hamlet in Tien Thanh commune have been eroding 10-20 metres each year.

The province built more than 16,000 meters of dykes with a total investment of over 200 billion VND (9 million USD) over the past years, with a view to protecting locals.

However, the existing sea dyke system is not sufficient to prevent erosion. Since 2011, more than 100 houses have been damaged, forcing many locals to leave their homes for safer places.-VNA