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Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The central province of Khanh Hoa will splash out more than 9.4 million USD on a project to improve dam safety in the locality.

Of the total capital for the “Dam Re​habilitation and Safety Improvement” project, nearly 3.8 million USD will come from a World Bank loan while the provincial corresponding capital is 0.5 million USD.

The project aims to ensure safety for reservoirs through repairing and upgrading prioritised dams as well as enhancing management and operation capacity to protect local people and socio-economic infrastructure in the lower river basin.

By 2022, repair and upgrades will be made to some reservoirs such as Suoi Trau, Lang Nhot, Dong Bo, Da Mai, Cay Sung, Suoi Luong, Suoi Lon and Ben Ghe.

The province is currently home to 19 large-scale reservoirs with total designed capacity of 248 million cubic metres of water. Due to their ages and degraded conditions, most of them will need to be renovated to serve local demands for agriculture irrigation and industrial production.

The Vietnam Dam Rehabilitation and Safety Improvement project, receiving financial support of 415 million USD from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), will renovate 450 irrigation dams nationwide. This will help protect the safety and livelihoods of 6.8 million people who rely on these dams.

In addition, the project will endorse the Vietnamese Government to implement a sustainable framework for ensuring dam safety across the portfolio of dams. This includes the establishment of technical and regulatory standards, codes, guidelines and norms applied to the dams to ensure that overall dam safety is more standardised, transparent and accountable.-VNA