The Phu Yen Province People's Committee has declared a state of emergency over the sea erosion in the central coastal city of Tuy Hoa's Ro neighbourhood.

The Committee has also asked the provincial Board of Irrigation Project Management and Disaster Control (BIPMDC) to coordinate with the city's People's Committee in putting out warning signs in places affected by erosion which could endanger people's lives and damage property.

Families living in dangerous areas affected by sea erosion and tides will be relocated to safe places soon.

The first 690 metres of a 1500-metre-long sea embankment has been constructed since last August in order to protect 180 households living by the seashore.

However, the 12 billion VND (577,000 USD) dyke itself has been eroded by waves and tides during the rainy season, leaving people exposed to danger.

For the time being, BIPMDC has asked three contractors of the dyke project to make temporary repairs before the Tet holiday.

The Ro neighbourhood was originally at a distance of 100 metres from the seashore. But continuous erosion by high tides since 2003 has caused serious damage to the area.-VNA