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Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has begun the construction of three sluices in Go Cong town this June in a bid to control saltwater intrusion.

Under an investment of more than 89 billion VND (4 million USD), the sluices will be put into operation in December 2017.

They are expected to play an important role in keeping fresh water and ensuring irrigation for 35,000 hectares of coastal cultivated land in the eastern part of Tien Giang.

The construction is part of a project on managing and mitigating the risk of droughts and floods in the greater Mekong Sub-region. The project has an investment of 477 billion VND (21 million USD), sourced from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Australia Agency for International Development (AUSAID).

Go Cong is the location most affected by climate change impact in Tien Giang.

As of April, saline instruction compounded by drought caused heavy losses to production and impacted the lives of locals in the coastal Go Cong area.

Over 3,430 hectares of rice, fruit trees and vegetables were damaged by saline intrusion in Go Cong Dong, Go Cong Tay, and Tan Phu Dong and Go Cong town, district, with losses estimated at 90 billion VND (4.05 million USD).-VNA