Mekong Delta declares urgent erosion situation

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A number of provinces in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta facing serious erosion along rivers and coastal areas are taking measures to protect the land and people in the area.

The provinces are Long An, the two upstream provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap, and the coastal provinces of Ben Tre, Soc Trang and Ca Mau.

Long An Province has declared an urgent erosion situation along the Can Giuoc River along a length of 2.4 kilometres in Cần Giuộc District.

Pham Van Canh, vice chairman of the Long An Province People’s Committee, has asked local authorities to ban people from entering eroded areas.

Local authorities should also help locals move to safe areas and take urgent measures to prevent erosion, he said.

In Soc Trang Province, seven dangerous eroded areas exist along rivers in My Xuyen, Long Phu, Ke Sach and Cu Lao Dung districts, Vinh Chau Town and Soc Trang City.

The erosion area at the Rach Lop River section in Ke Sach District and erosion areas at the Hau and Saintard rivers in Long Phu District are especially dangerous.

Soc Trang Province has an especially dangerous eroded area along a coastal section that runs from the border with Bac Lieu Province to Sluice Gate No. 4 in Vinh Chau Town.

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