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HCMC tackles rising tides

Released at: 16:10, 29/10/2015

HCMC tackles rising tides

Flood Prevention Program for 2016 to 2020 to deal with flood tides wreaking havoc in parts of the city.

by Hoang Anh

Ho Chi Minh City has set up a Flood Prevention Program for the 2016-2020 period to address the ill-effects of rising flood tides.

It has set three main targets for the next four years. The first is to create a mechanism to cope with climate change, while the other two will focus on controlling the city’s 500 sq km flood zone and ensuring social security for approximately 6.6 million people who live in 13 central districts.

District 2 and Binh Tan, Binh Chanh, and Nha Be districts are all affected by rising tides.

In some places water reaches into homes, while in the city center it can cover roads.

The Operations Center of the Flood Prevention Program said it would continue to implement Plan 752 and Plan 1547, approved by the Prime Minister.     

According to Plan 752, the city will focus on investing in drainage systems and wastewater treatment facilities for the city center and the north, northeast, southeast, and west of the city. Tham Luong - Ben Cat, Nuoc Len, and Xuyen Tam Canals will be dredged and upgraded.

Under Plan 1547 the city will invest in building a dozen tide control sluices along canals and rivers.

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