HCMC seeks more funds for flood protection projects

Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Victoria Kwakwa, director of World Bank in Vietnam, inspected several flood protection projects in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17, to seek more Official Development Assistance funds to complete these projects.

Rainwater and high tide constantly causes severe flooding in several areas of HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Accompanying them was Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and representatives of other relevant departments.

According to the Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program, the City has implemented project 1547, approved by the Government in 2008, to cope with high tide and climate change.

HCMC has so far built a dyke system along the right bank of Saigon River and tide-control sluice gates in Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe, Binh Trieu, Rach Tra, Vam Thuat areas and small drain routes to connect irrigation works. These have effectively worked to deal with flooding caused by high tide in these areas.

However, Ho Chi Minh City is short by VND2.6 trillion (US$124 million) to carry out the project in Thu Duc District, which still faces heavy flooding during high tide and heavy rains, and is most vulnerable to landslips at six spots out of 29 in the City.

Thu Duc District suffers losses of upto US$200 million each year, because of flooding.

Minister Phat wants the World Bank to assist Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City with more ODA funding to complete the many flood protection projects.

In response, Ms. Kwakwa said that the World Bank is accessing several sponsors to convince them to fund these projects in Ho Chi Minh City.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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