A section of a sea dyke on the western coast of the southernmost province of Ca Mau is at high risk of breaching due to raging waves over a couple of days.
Over a couple of days, raging waves have eroded a section of a sea dyke on the western coast of the southernmost province of Ca Mau (Photo: VNA)
The sea dyke in Tran Van Thoi district on Ca Mau’s western coast is at risk of breaching (Photo: VNA)
Ca Mau has over 250 kilometres of coastline, of which the western coast is around 108km long (Photo: VNA)
There is a 94km sea dyke especially to protect the coast in the storm season. But in recent years the increasing occurrence of strong tides and waves has been causing more and more landslides, leading to loss of land and sometimes even protective forests (Photo: VNA)
Forces are mobilised to protect the sea embankment from breaching (Photo: VNA)
Ca Mau consolidates dykes against erosion along western coast
A working delegation of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority will be sent to the southernmost province of Ca Mau to help the locality cope with erosion along the western part of its waters.
On August 3, the Southwest monsoon and rising tides caused serious erosion along the western dyke system in the province, especially in a 12.5km Ba Tinh-Kinh Moi section, and a 356m Da Bac-Kinh Moi stretch.
The provincial People’s Committee has directed relevant agencies to take measures to consolidate dykes.
More than 200 people have been mobilised to stand ready around the clock to deal with any possible incidents.
According to the committee, 105km of coast in both the eastern and western parts face the risk of erosion.
The eastern coast loses 50-100 metres to the sea and the western coast, 20-50 metres.
The phenomenon also causes Ca Mau to lose vast areas of protective forests and take away job opportunities.
Le Minh Luan, who lives in the Bo De Estuary in Tam Giang Dong commune of Nam Can district, said 20 years ago his family was among those living in a hamlet some 200m from the sea. But the sea eroded the area in the last few years and all the households in the hamlet were forced to evacuate.
The place was so badly affected that his family in fact had to evacuate twice in the last three years.