Dyke in Ganh Hao town is seriously affected by erosion (Source: thanhnien.vn)

Bac Lieu (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has an urgent need for over 900 billion VND (nearly 40 million USD) build new dykes in five areas facing high risks of erosion.

According to Luong Ngoc Lan, Director of the provincial Department of Planning and Investment, the projects of high priority include a 1.3km river dyke in Ganh Hao coastal town of Dong Hai district with an investment of 151 billion VND, a 1.5km embankment at Nha Mat estuary in Bac Lieu city with an investment of 131 billion VND, and a 2.5km dyke at Chien Tup 1 bridge in Vinh Trach Dong commune of Bac Lieu city with an investment of 81 billion USD.

A 3km embankment from Mui Tau T-junction to Ba canal in Dong Hai district with an investment of 300 billion USD and a 7km embankment at Chien Tup 2 bridge in Bac Lieu city with an investment of 250 billion VND also need to be reinforced.

However, the provincial People’s Committee said that with its limited budget, the province will give the priority to the embankments along Ganh Hao coastal town and along Nha Mat estuary which have a combined investment of over 280 billion VND.

Duong Thanh Trung, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that the committee had sent a document to the Prime Minister asking for additional capital to carry out the five projects.

The locality also proposed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Directorate of Water Resources, institutes and universities make recommendations to help the province carry out measures to address coastal erosion and plant protection forests in newly-recovered mudflats.

It also suggested implementing a research project on coastal erosion in Bac Lieu province, including erosion along Ganh Hao river to the river mouth, which is a special phenomenon in the Mekong Delta region.

Bac Lieu has 56km of coastline, but 15km of which are eroded seriously, especially in the rainy, stormy season, posing a threat to the life of thousands of local households.-VNA