Tien Giang spends 1 million USD on flood prevention hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has allocated nearly 23 billion VND (over 1 million USD) since the start of the year for flood prevention and natural disaster mitigation projects.

Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the irrigation and flood and storm prevention division under the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the projects have focused on reinforcing dykes and dredging irrigation canals.

Accordingly, 11 dykes and dams in Cai Lay, Chau Thanh and Tan Phuoc districts and Cai Lay town have been strengthened with a total budget of over 3.3 billion VND (145,200 USD).

Since 2003, Tien Giang has spent about 92 billion VND on consolidating 1,122 temporary dykes and dams in its western areas, where frequently affected by flood. In addition, it has dredged 121 irrigation canals with total length of 128,000m to  ensure water supply for crops.

Ahead of this year’s flooding season, the province invested an additional 3.3 billion VND to build four dykes with steel frames, aiming to prevent floods and protect farming land for fruit trees with high-economic value in Cai Lay district.

This year, Tien Giang has strived to harvest more than 1.2 million tonnes of rice, over 1 million tonnes of vegetables and 1.38 million tonnes of fruits. It has also sought ways for local farmers to grow crops adaptive to climate change.-VNA