Kien Giang suffers from coastal erosion

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Total coast erosion in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has extended to 86 km, according the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

More than 34 km of very serious erosion occurred in the coastal district of An Minh, while Hon Dat and An Bien districts had been critically eroded by about 25 km and 20 km, respectively. Meanwhile, Kien Luong district recorded an eroded stretch of 7 km.

Kien Giang has over the time received support to prevent erosion and minimise damage caused by natural disasters. However, the construction of coastal protective works has yet to meet the demand.

Nearly 2 trillion VND (86.2 million USD) is needed for erosion prevention and improvement of sea dykes in the province.

Kien Giang boasts a coastline of about 200 km in length, stretching from Kien Luong to An Minh district.

Recent Storm Wipha, coupled with unusual heavy rains, strong wind and rising tides, triggered floods and caused property losses for coastal residents in Van Khanh Tay commune of An Minh district.

The provincial People’s Committee has instructed relevant agencies to work with coastal localities to keep a close watch on the weather in the coming time and stay vigilant against disasters.

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