The Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ho Chi Minh City on November 21 launched a ‘No-Litter’ campaign in a move to drive residents to stop indiscriminately throwing garbage along canals that is now choking the essential water systems.
|Garbage chokes the Tham Luong Canal in Tan Binh District (Photo: SGGP)|
Nguyen Thi Thuy Linh from the Steering Center for Urban Flood Control Program said that the City has about 2,000 kilometers of canals, more than 100,000 manholes and 800 sluice gates. Callous littering is rapidly choking the entire drainage system in HCMC.
Bui Van Truong, a representative of the HCMC Environment Company, said that the company currently dredges out about 9-10 tons of garbage from canals every day.
Ha Van Dung, deputy head of the Environment Protection Division under the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that the launch of the no-litter campaign is significant and urgently needed.