Belgian-funded drainage system inaugurated in Binh Thuan hinh anh 1Belgium’s Ambassador to Vietnam Jahanne Roccas (Photo: VNA)

Binh Thuan (VNA) – A drainage system of North Cho Lau town centre, Bac Binh district, the central province of Binh Thuan, built with Belgium’s financial aid, was inaugurated on July 7.

Work on the system, which has 17 pipe lines with a total length of 4,110 metres, began in June 2016. The Belgian Government provided 684,000 EUR for the project and the Vietnamese government allocated 196,000 EUR.

The system is expected to improve Cho Lau central area’s drainage and solve partial flooding in the area in monsoon season, said Pham Van Nam, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee at the inauguration ceremony.

He added that Binh Thuan has been facing climate change’s challenges such as coastline erosion, salt water intrusion, droughts and floods which have negatively influenced locals’ life, with Bac Binh one of the hardest hit localities.

Belgium’s Ambassador to Vietnam Jahanne Roccas said the project will improve the living conditions for over 2,000 households in Cho Lau town.

The drainage system is a pilot construction under the project Integrated Water Resource Management and Urban Development in Relation with Climate Change in Binh Thuan province. The project, funded by Belgium’s government, runs from 2013 to 2019 with a total cost of 6 million EUR.

It aims to build the capacity of the locality in terms of integrated water resources management and urban development relating to climate change while enhancing climate change management capacity of local authorities and building a comprehensive strategy on climate change.-VNA