An eroded embankment section along Thanh Đa Canal in HCM City’s Bình Thanh District. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh

Võ Văn Hoan, vice chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, last week approved the plan to implement a population distribution programme for areas facing natural disasters in the city by 2025, with a vision to 2030.

Accordingly, the city will move the households living in areas suffering riverbank and coastal erosion, land subsidence, flooding and sea level rise.

It aims to help the affected households to proactively respond to and reduce damage caused by natural disasters, and improve their lives, contributing to strengthening national defense and security.

Of the figure, there are 266 households in Thủ Đức, 222 households in Cần Giờ District, 67 households in Nhà Bè District and 56 households in Củ Chi District.

By 2030, the city will continue to review and implement population distribution when new cases arise.

More than a month ago, a 220-m section of the embankment on the right bank of the Thanh Đa Canal in Bình Thạnh District, part of the Sài Gòn River network, broke away.

The landslide on Thanh Đa canal bank did not cause any injuries, but it affected 15 houses, most of which had cracks in walls, and sank and leaned towards the canal, with possible risk of landslide.

The city is supporting locals who are affected by subsidence of this section.

It plans to fix the eroded embankment at a cost of VNĐ90 billion (US$3.8 million). — VNS