Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked for accelerating the reinforcement of river dykes as a proactive measure against flood.

The programme upgrading river dyke systems to 2020 was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision 2068/QD-TTg released on December 9, 2009.

Between 2010 and 2013, localities approved 277 projects on strengthening 2,169 km of river dykes worth over 42.9 trillion VND (2.04 billion USD), with 166 projects accomplished and 1,164 km of dykes fortified and 332 km of embankments built.

The Deputy PM requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) instruct target localities to guarantee technical and safety standards after assessing thoroughly the state of their river dykes.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Planning and Investment was assigned to ensure allocated funding reaches the MARD and localities for the implementation.

The People’s Committees of target provinces were required to build medium-term and annual projects related in accordance with their budget balance.-VNA