Landslides spreading quickly in Mekong Delta

The speed of the land subsidence in the Mekong Delta region is 2cm to 4cm per year focusing on coastallines and low-lying areas. The cause is because of rising underground water exploitation, said the Southern Irrigation Science institute.

Landslides spreading quickly in Mekong Delta

The landslide situation is spreading out quickly and becomes more serious in the delta.

The Mekong delta region current has 562 eroded sites; of these 55 sites are in dangerous spanning a total length of 248km along riverbanks and coastal areas.

The number of landslides has increased during the last five years causing the forests in the delta have being narrowed nearly 28,387 hectares.

The general department of natural disaster prevention and control under ministry of agriculture & rural development warned local authorities need to manage strictly the construction works alongside the river, canal; not to allow the construction in erosion, landslide-prone areas to combat coastal erosion, landslides.

Besides, authorities must treat urgently 29 erosion projects with total capital VND 1,5trillion approved by the Prime Minister in 2018.

CAO PHONG –Translated by Van Ha

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