Mekong Delta province issues emergency warning over coastal erosion

VN Express –

Severe erosion of a sea section prompted authorities in Ca Mau Province to issue an emergency warning on Tuesday.

A 350m-long section of an embankment on the western coast in the southernmost province’s Tran Van Thoi District was eroded following heavy rains, strong winds, waves and high tides over the last few days, said To Quoc Nam, deputy chief of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The rains and winds also caused 91 houses in Ca Mau to collapse and damaged 470 others. High tides last Saturday also flooded over 1,800 houses and total property damage is estimated at over VND28 billion ($1.2 million).

“The eroded section has been repaired, securing the lives and properties for tens of thousands of families,” Nam said, adding that about 100 people have been deployed to monitor the bank round the clock.

Ca Mau Chairman Nguyen Tien Hai said they were worried about further damage if the weather doesn’t improve in the coming days, as over two kilometers of the embankment was still vulnerable to erosion and collapse.

The western coast embankment in Ca Mau protects the two districts U Minh and Tran Van Thoi from saline intrusion. Tens of thousands of hectares of paddy fields in the region could be lost if it collapses, affecting tens of thousands of families in the region.

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