The western sea dykes of the southernmost province of Ca Mau are affected by serious landslides caused by heavy rains and strong winds, Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Van Su said.

The 40 kilometre-long dyke in Tran Van Thoi district has been seriously damaged in some parts, resulting in sea water intruding 3km further inland. Other parts of the dyke are at risk of being breached due to substantial erosion of the dyke foot.

In an effort to prevent further damage, local authorities mobilised local forces to take measures, including the use of sand bags and timber logs, to construct make-shift barriers in landslide-prone areas.

The 120km-long west sea dyke stretching through Phu Tan, U Minh and Tran Van Thoi districts in Ca Mau province to Kien Giang province plays a significant role in transportation, saltwater intrusion prevention and national security.

The Government has approved plans to upgrade and repair dykes with a total budget of 1.3 trillion VND (62 million USD).-VNA