Mekong delta scrambles to contain flood damage

Dong Thap sets up 167 centers to watch over 3,000 children during floods. A house to keep kids in Ms Pham Thi Hoat's house in district Tan Hong (Photo:Tuoi tre)

The floods in the Mekong Delta show no signs of abating and provincial administrations are taking measures to cope with them.

Long An, Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, An Giang, Kien Giang, and Hau Giang Provinces have built shelters at a cost of VND2.39 billion (US$133,000) to move house people, especially those evacuated from landslide-prone areas.

An Giang, Dong Thap, and Tien Giang had moved 98,500 people to shelters even before the floods arrived.

The central Government has approved a project to expand the Go Cong sea dyke at a cost of VND1.4 trillion in Tien Giang through 2020.

The head of the Tien Giang Department of Storm, Flood Control and Prevention and Irrigation, Nguyen Thien Phap, said through 2012 his province would upgrade a 21km section of the dyke from Tan Thanh to Vam Lang Communes in Go Cong Dong District and plant 109.15ha of forests to protect its weaker sections.

The province has completed construction of 1,100 levees in Chau Thanh, Cai Lay, Cai Be, and Tan Phuoc Districts to protect 55,000 hectares of orchards and 45,000 hectares of paddy.

An Giang shored up embankments along the Tien River in Tan Chau with two dykes in Vinh Xuong and Long Xuyen.

School teachers taught 8,000 children aged from six to 11 swimming, aiming at reduce the number of cases of drowning in the flood season.

Dong Thap set up 167 centers to watch over 3,000 children during floods and 400 swimming classes for 12,000 kids.

Meanwhile, under the influence of a cold air stream, most central provinces experienced downpours, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said September 23.

Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, and Quang Tri would experience more heavy rains and people should beware of flood and landslides, it warned.

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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