Khanh Hoa (VNA) – The central coastal
province of Khanh Hoa plans to spend more than 580 billion VND (25.52 million
USD) on 60 infrastructure projects to prevent flooding, river erosion and
saltwater intrusion in 2017-2018.
The investment includes more than 360
billion VND (15.84 million USD) sourced from state budget while the province
and its districts will invest 99 billion VND (4.35 million USD) and 114 billion
VND (5 million USD), respectively.
Erosion at the riverbank is endangering
hundreds of households in Dien Khanh District and Nha Trang city. The most
serious case is the riverbank along Cai River in four communes in Nha Trang
city that needs almost half of the total investment, or 250 billion VND (11
million USD), to build embankments.
The erosion has affected 150 houses in which
600 people reside in Vinh Thanh Commune and more than 350 houses inhabited by
1,000 people in Vinh Trung, Vinh Phuong and Vinh Ngoc Communes.
It has also hit the banks of the Dau Stream
in Dien Thanh Commune, the Cho River in Dien Xuan Commune, Dien Khanh District
and the riverbanks of Lop River and Dinh River in Ninh Hoa town and Can River
in Cam Ranh City.
It was estimated that floods at the end of
2016 caused landslides along 5.3 kilometres of riverbank in Khanh Hoa.
Lowlands in Cam Thinh Dong Commune, Cam Ranh
City face serious flooding with water 0.5 – 1 metre deep in the wet season and
saline intrusion in the dry season that affects up to 100 hectares of farm
According to the provincial Department of
Agriculture and Rural Development, the area is home to about 750 households
with 3,000 people.
Some 100 billion VND will be used to build
canals and dykes in Cam Thinh Dong while 70 billion VND will be spent to
construct canals in Dien Dien and Dien Khanh Communes, Dien Khanh District to
prevent saltwater intrusion.-VNA