The Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) has provided 63.91 million USD for a project to improve the ability of communities in the southern provinces of Tien Giang and Dong Thap to respond to and recover from the negative impact of floods and droughts.

Implemented between 2012 and 2017, the project aims to dredge and expand 77km of canal, while reinforcing 60km of embankment, constructing rural roads, culverts, bridges and many other works in order to improve the drainage system and ensure water supply to almost 186,000 ha of cultivated land in the two localities.

It is expected to foster socio-economic development in the two provinces and help establish and boost regional cooperation to cope with climate change and rising sea levels in the Mekong delta region, coastal areas and low-lying a reas in the Dong Thap province.

The project has four missions, including controlling floods and reducing risks in Ba Rai-Phu An area (Tien Giang province); upgrading the water salinity control system in Go Cong town (Tien Giang province); improving and upgrading the flood drainage canal system and providing water to Dong Thap Muoi area (Dong Thap province) and building an embankment system surrounding Tien River in Thuong Thoi Tien town (Dong Thap province).-VNA