An official from the central province of Binh Thuan has suggested relocating all people residing in Phan Thiet city’s Tien Duc hamlet to safety as soon as possible due to the dangers posed by coastal erosion.

The hamlet, which is located in the city’s Tien Thanh commune, is home to 280 households with 1,000 people. It has been the hardest hit by erosion, with 25 houses being swept away by the sea since the beginning of this year, and more than 50 others facing the same fate, Vice Chairman of the local People’s Committee Dang Dinh Hieu stated at an emergency meeting on April 21.

He noted that the city has a 57 km stretch of eroded coastline. The wearing away of land has taken place since 2012 as a result of rising sea levels, encroaching as deep as 50 meters into the mainland. More than 75 households have been completely destroyed.

Phu Quy island district, located about 120km from the city to the east, is also taking measures to prevent further damage. It is moving to relocate 280 households in danger-prone areas to safer places before a band of tropical low pressure arrives. It is also building storm shelters for fishermen during the rainy season, said Chairman of the People’s Committee Huynh Van Hung.

Vietnam, with a coastline stretching over 3,200 km through 28 coastal provinces and cities, is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change.-VNA