Floodwaters breach dykes in Dong Thap, An Giang

Rapidly gushing floodwaters have breached many sections of dykes and inundated thousands of hectares of rice crops in the Mekong Delta provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap.

Villagers struggle with all their might to save the breached dyke in Thanh My Tay Commune, Chau Phu District, An Giang Province (Photo: SGGP)

A 30 meter section of a dyke in An Giang Province was swept away letting floodwaters inundate 1,500 hectares of young rice fields in Long Hung Hamlet of O Long Vi Commune in Chau Phu District, on the night of September 27.

Hundreds of people rushed in vain to block the gushing floodwaters with tree trunks and sand bags, but the strong currents and huge volume of water was too much to control by man alone. 

Floodwaters also flowed over some sections of the dyke in O Long Vi Commune. Over 3,000 people are working round-the-clock to fortify the dyke.

Army and police officials carry a tree trunk to fortify the dyke in Thanh My Tay Commune of Chau Phu District (Photo: SGGP)
Meanwhile, an 11 meter stretch of levee surrounding 270 hectares of rice fields in Thanh My Tay Commune was also breached on the afternoon of September 28.

Chau Phu district in An Giang Province is presently the most vulnerable with 25,500 hectares of rice crops under threat of rising floodwaters. The hardest hit commune is O Long Vi, where 25 out of 76 kilometers of the dyke is in immediate danger from the rapidly rising deluge of water.

Similarly in Chien Thang Hamlet in Tan Thanh A Commune of Tan Hong District in Dong Thap Province, a 40-50 meter stretch of dyke collapsed at 3:30am on September 28 and within just one and a half hours, 500 hectares of rice crops lay inundated. 

Floodwaters flow over the dyke route in Tan Thanh A Commune, Tan Hong District of Dong Thap Province (Photo: SGGP)

As efforts to save the dyke system seemed futile, Tan Hong District authorities moved to strengthen the dyke section in Thi Son Hamlet of Tan Thanh A Commune, where 360 hectares of rice lie vulnerable.  Thousands of tree trunks and sand bags are being strategically placed to hold back the floodwaters.

While the fortifying work is still on in Thi Son Hamlet, Tan Thanh A-Tan Phuoc dyke was seen to be overflowing with floodwaters by noon yesterday, threatening over 900 hectares of rice fields. Tan Hong District authorities have now diverted attention to also reinforce this dyke as well. However, surging floodwaters are making the task near impossible.

Floodwaters flow over the dyke route in Tan Thanh A Commune, Tan Hong District of Dong Thap Province (Photo: SGGP)

Duong Quoc Nghia, director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that if efforts to protect the dyke fail, over 25,000 hectares of rice crops will be inundated and destroyed, causing a loss of over hundred billion dong.

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By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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