Scientists from domestic universities and research institutes and Japan’s Tohuku University made practical proposals to prevent erosion along Cua Dai beach in central Quang Nam province at a workshop on December 24.

The serious destruction occurring along the 7-kilometre coastline is posing direct threats to nearby tourism facilities and residential areas and intruding into cultivated land, participants noted.

They stressed the need to carefully look at terrain, geological, hydro-geological and wind conditions at the beach and in surrounding areas as well as seawater flows in order to define a scientific foundation for main reasons and factors for the phenomenon.

Scientists suggested building sea embankments and dykes to protect river mouth and coastal areas.

Quang Nam should take prompt measures to prevent sand dredging activities on Vu Gia and Thu Bon rivers, which are a direct reason for erosion along Cua Dai beach.

Cua Dai beach, which is 5km from Hoi An's old quarter, is a favourite location for tourists visiting the UNESCO-recognised ancient city.

Erosion has come closer to the main section of the 1.5km road connecting the beach with Hoi An, threatening dozens of resorts. Rising sea levels have already washed a 20-hectare area of Cua Dai beach away.-VNA