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Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has implemented a project on managing and mitigating the risk of droughts and floods in the greater Mekong Sub-region.

The project, with an investment of 477 billion VND (21 million USD) sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australia Agency for International Development (AUSAID), will be carried out through 2019.

According to Truong Hoang Dieu, Deputy Director of the Management Unit of sub-projects in the Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) project under the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the RETA project in Tien Giang has two sub-projects: upgrading the system of controlling saline intrusion in Go Cong area and controlling and mitigating the risk of floods in Ba Rai – Phu An area.

The first project includes three components: the construction of three new sluices, 1,900 metres of road-cum-dykes and auxiliary facilities used for controlling saline intrusion and improving the environment in Go Cong town, keeping fresh water and ensuring water for 35,000 hectares of coastal cultivated land in Go Cong as well as reduce natural disasters.

The second project will build 28 sluices to control floods, prevent tides and protect nearly 5,000 hectares of fruit trees in eight communes in Cai Lay and Cai Be districts.

Dieu said both projects are at land clearance stage and construction work will begin within the second quarter.-VNA