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Ca Mau (VNA) – About 16 kilometres of sea embankment in the western coast of the southernmost province of Ca Mau will be built at an initial estimated capital of over 150 billion VND (6.7 million USD).

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the local sea dyke system has been severely degraded by erosion, including the sections in Khanh Tien commune in U Minh district and from Vam Da Bac to Vam Kinh Moi in Khanh Binh Tay commune of Tran Van Thoi district.

Department Deputy Director To Quoc Nam said sea dyke erosion has proved its effectiveness in protecting coastal areas from serious breakouts and recovering protective forests.

However, insufficient funding and severe weather caused difficulties with sea dyke construction prior to the annual typhoon season, he added.

Over the past few years, the province has built over 18 km of its eastern and western dyke systems, with a view to protecting local forests and communities.

Ca Mau province, surrounded by sea on three sides, is being threatened by saltwater intrusion under the impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. Local sea dykes have become seriously degraded.

A report released by the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment revealed that saltwater has intruded on close to 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in the province.-VNA