Erosion is becoming more serious at coastal areas around Rach Goc seaport in Ca Mau province’s Ngoc Hien district. (Source: VNA)

Ca Mau (VNA) - The southernmost province of Ca Mau is speeding up construction of more than 4.2km of breakwater to prevent erosion and protect residential areas along its eastern coast, said the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

It is expected to cost over 110 billion VND (4.8 million USD), which is sourced from the Government’s reserve funds for localities in the Mekong Delta set up under the Prime Minister’s Decision No 795.

A 2km section will be built near Rach Goc port and the rest at Vam Xoay port in Ngoc Hien district.

Ly Hoang Tien, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ngoc Hien district, said the district has signed up capable contractors to speed up construction of the Rach Goc section.

The task is urgent to prevent erosion and ensure the safety of lives and properties in residential zones near the port, he said.

The Ba Ria-Vung Tau Urban Sewerage and Development Ltd Company (BUSADCO) is the contractor. The company has promised to complete the construction on schedule.

A BUSADCO spokesperson said the company is using pre-fabricated barriers to protect riverbanks and sea dykes.

Pre-fabrication helps overcome many challenges posed by weather, climate and hydrology, and makes it easy to operate and maintain breakwater, he said.

Besides, the construction takes only one third the usual time and costs at least 20 percent less than traditional methods, he said.

The province has petitioned the Government for another 316 billion VND (13.9 million USD) to build more than 11.3km of embankments along its eastern coast where erosion is becoming severe due to the effects of climate change.-VNA