The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee will spend 155 billion VND (7.4 million USD) from the city's budget to build a 2.3 km embankment along the Sai Gon River to prevent erosion at the Cu Chi Tunnels historical site in Cu Chi district.

The 2.3 km embankment will extend from the border between HCM City and Tay Ninh province's Trang Bang district to the end of the Cu Chi Tunnel site.

The embankment will prevent further riverbank erosion that affects the Ben Duoc and Ben Dinh temples at the historical site.

After this first phase of the project to prevent erosion at the tunnels is completed, the People's Committee will start the second phase if there is an emergency. It will also depend on the city's budget capacity.

The second phase calls for construction of a 1.6 km embankment from the historical site to Ben Suc Bridge.

Early this year, People's Committee officials made a field trip to the historical site and surveyed erosion of the riverbank from Ben Suc Bridge to the border between HCM City and Trang Bang district.

In some areas, erosion extends 10 metres deep inland.

Located about 70 km away from the HCM City centre, the Cu Chi tunnels has an immense network of connecting underground tunnels which were used by Vietnamese soldiers during the war against France and the US as living quarters, hospitals, supply routes, food and weapon caches.

The Cu Chi Tunnels historical site is one of the city's most popular tourism destinations.-VNA