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Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has spent 384 billion VND (17 million USD) on building irrigation works for production, preventing natural disasters and protecting lives, according to the provincial steering committee on disaster prevention and rescue.

This figure includes 283 billion VND (12.7 million USD) for a project on canals north of the National Road No. 1 and 34 billion VND (1.5 million USD) for the second phase of the Bao Dinh project.

The two projects boosted irrigation capability, drought and salinity prevention and transformed cultivation in Chau Thanh, Tan Phuoc and Cai Lay districts in Dong Thap Muoi.

The province used capital from official development assistance loans from the Asian Development Bank and its corresponding capital to implement two sub-projects at a cost of 89 billion VND (4 million USD).

The first project is to upgrade the salinity controlling system for 37,000 hectares in coastal districts of Go Cong Dong, Go Cong Tay, Go Cong town, and Cho Gao.

The other project on reducing flood risks in Ba Rai – Phu An region in the province’s flood-prone western area will enhance protection against natural disasters in the flood season and salinity in the dry season, protecting dozens of hectares of dedicated fruit orchards in Cai Lay district and Cai Lay town.

Besies that, the province built four steel dams to protect fruit orchards near the Tien river and solidified temporary dams and completed canal networks to ensure water for irrigation in flood-prone western areas like Cai Lay and Cai Be districts and Cai Lay town.

According to the provincial steering committee on natural disaster prevention and recue, thanks to the measures, Tien Giang has reduced losses caused by salinity and flood.-VNA