City to fortify highly vulnerable landslide-prone spots

Le Minh Tri, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has announced a plan to fortify 62 highly vulnerable landslide prone spots in the city.

(File) A landslide prone spot along the Thanh Da Canal in HCMC

Accordingly, the Department of Transport has been prompted to speed up progress on the construction of embankments along 34 of the most vulnerable spots, and for which the city has already allocated funds.

The department has also been ordered to set up plans for the construction of embankments along nine areas that are highly susceptible to landslides.

The Department of Planning and Investment will give priority in allocating funds for these nine projects, which will cost over VND91 billion (US$4 million).

The Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre forecasts that high tide will peak at 1.4 metres at the Phu An Station on the Saigon River from February 23-25, which might cause flooding in some low lying areas.

Districts 12, Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon have been asked to inspect and fortify areas that are in danger of being breached, so as to minimise flooding in residential areas.

By Dinh Ly – Translated by Hai Mien

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