Experts from Vietnam and the Netherlands gathered at a seminar on January 29 to discuss anti-flooding challenges facing Ho Chi Minh City .

Jointly held by the city’s Steering Centre for Flood Control Programme (SCFC), the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam, and partners, the event was part of a project funded by the Vietnamese and Dutch Governments.

Nguyen Ngoc Cong, Deputy Director of the SCFC, said that the project aims to propose synchronous measures for a sustainable urban water management process that is environmentally friendly and economically efficient.

Vietnamese and Dutch experts said it is important to map out an integrated flood control strategy that will assist the city’s authorities devising solutions relating to sustainable urban development.

On top of rapid urbanisation, undeveloped infrastructure, insufficient water drainage and subsidence, climate change is also causing floods in the city.

Currently, HCM City has two water drainage projects approved by the Government. However, according to Cong, to protect the city from flooding, an overall solution is needed.-VNA