Mekong Delta poorly funded to tackle climate change

Vietnam Net

Parts of An Giang Province are underwater in the flood season but face acute freshwater shortage in the dry season. The province is in dire need of dredging more than 600 canals, which will cost an estimated VND320 billion (US$15.32 million).

So far, the province has put together its limited resources to dredge 150 canals in most dry areas so that water can flow to rice cultivable areas.

Severe shortage of funds is also holding back Ben Tre Province from constructing 170 sluice gates to prevent salt penetration, though it has managed to build at least 90.

The province also needs VND7 trillion ($335.23 million) to build Ba Tri, Binh Dai and Thanh phu sea dykes to lower salt intrusion from rising sea levels.

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