The People’s Committee of southern Tra Vinh province has requested the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development urgently complete construction of a levee on the north side of Tong Long River by the end of this year.

The levee, nearly 4,000 metres in length and 3 metres in width, will serve flood control and saltwater intrusion prevention at a total cost of 10 billion VND (458,600 USD).

Once finished, the project will protect 300 hectares of farm land, benefiting 150 local households living along the north bank of the river in Ham Giang, Ham Tan, Thanh Son and Kim Son communes of Tra Cu district.

Many of the households managed to build small river dykes themselves but failed to protect their rice fields due to strong floods, said Kim Cua, a farmer from Ca Sang Hamlet, Ham Giang district.

Some 96 local families have donated land for the levee construction so far.-VNA