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Quang Tri (VNA) – The World Bank will fund a project to help the central province of Quang Tri make its reservoirs safer.

The targeted reservoirs are in the districts of Vinh Linh, Gio Linh, Cam Lo, Huong Hoa, Hai Lang and Dong Ha city.

The project will cost more than 10 million USD, of which 9.5 million USD will come from the World Bank, the rest being local capital.

It aims to repair and upgrade damaged reservoirs and improve the operation of the reservoirs to protect residents and infrastructure downstream.

In 2018, the province will complete reports on the safety of local reservoirs, enact socio-environmental policies and produce designs and projections for the project.

Land clearance, compensation and resettlement will also be completed within the year to serve the project.

According to Ho Xuan Hoe, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the project will upgrade 14 reservoirs by 2022.

Currently, Quang Tri has 131 reservoirs, providing water for more than 25,000 hectares of cultivation land, aquaculture, daily use and industry.

Of them 48 are damaged, posing threats during rainy season.-VNA