The central province of Thua Thien Hue has invested 49 billion VND (over 2.3 million USD) from the state budget in a project to prevent coastal erosion and ensure safety for people in Hai Duong commune, Huong Tra town.

Accordingly, the money is being used to build a 730-metre long embankment system in eroded areas which were seriously damaged by recent floods and storms. The construction started earlier this month, and is expected to be completed before this year’s rainy season, which starts from August.

Chairman of Hai Duong communal People’s Committee Nguyen Liem said the frequent erosion in Thai Duong Ha village’s coastal areas causes a constant worry for the local authorities, especially in the rainy season, and threatens the safety of hundreds of households in the commune.

Apart from Thai Duong Ha village, serious e rosion has been seen in other coastal areas in the province, such Thuan An, Hoa Duan and Tu Hien estuary.

In these areas, sea water penetrates deep into the mainland with the average rate of between 10-30 metres every year, damaging public infrastructure facilities and civil buildings, and menacing over 1,000 families living there.

The province is now applying a new technology called “stabiplage” to form embankments, which is 50 metres long and 1.5 metres high, to cope with the current erosion.-VNA