The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap is calling for an investment of 3.7 trillion VND (176 million USD) for climate change response projects between 2015 and 2020.

The intended projects include developing an embankment system in Tram Chim town in Tam Nong district to counteract rising sea levels, and building erosion-proof dikes around the Tien River in Thuong Thoi Tien town in Hong Ngu district, among others.

The projects aim to enhance local capability to adapt and respond to climate change and prevent and mitigate natural disasters to ensure sustainable socio-economic development.

They will also cover training on the rehabilitation of production and business activities in areas prone to flooding as well as rescue and relief work.

In 2014, as many as 33 communes close to the Tien River suffered from severe landslides and erosion due to climate change, according to the provincial Committee for Flood and Storm Control and Natural Disaster Mitigation.

As a result, more than two hectares of land were washed away with nearly 2,000 households evacuated.-VNA