Work on a 66.6 billion VND (319,000 USD) dam has started in the central coastal province of Quang Ngai with the view to preventing salinity intrusion and keeping fresh water for about 520 hectares of farming land in Mo Duc district.

Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Duong Van To said the Duc Loi dam is part of a World Bank-funded Vietnam Natural Hazards Management project. Construction of the dam will be carried out between 2014 and 2016, with 52.1 billion VND (248,000 USD) to be sourced from WB and the rest coming from the provincial budget.

The new work will replace the previous dam which was destroyed during the historic flood last November. Once completed, it will also help protect residential areas, increase the flood drainage capacity and minimise flooding in areas nearby.

According to Deputy Chairman of the Duc Loi commune People’s Committee Le Minh Viet, over 100 hectares or two thirds of the commune’s farm land acreage have been contaminated by salinity following the flood.-VNA