PM stresses urgent solutions to cope with landslides, erosion in Mekong Delta

By VNA   August 11, 2023 | 07:04 pm PT
PM stresses urgent solutions to cope with landslides, erosion in Mekong Delta
An anti-erosion embankment built in the coastal Ca Mau Province in the Mekong Delta. Photo by VnExpress/An Minh
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked for measures to ensure safety for people living in areas vulnerable to landslides and erosion in the Mekong Delta, during his visit on Friday.

The working session took place after the government leader made a field trip to landslide sites in the Mekong Delta provinces of Ca Mau, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu the same day.

Families in areas prone to landslides need to be evacuated to safer places, he said, asking the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the Ministry of Finance and localities to review serious landside areas and set forth countermeasures.

The MPI and the Ministry of Finance will work together on a resources allocation plan for the affected localities, which should be submitted to the PM for approval, he said.

For the long run, the Mekong Delta needs big projects to respond to climate change and boost sustainable development, he said.

He urged the MARD, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to join hands in studying causes of riverbank landslides, coastal encroachment and the degradation of mangrove forests.

He also stressed the need to closely supervise the planning and construction of houses and other facilities along rivers and beaches, control sand, underground water and mangrove forest exploitation, pay more attention to afforestation, and mobilize resources for anti-landslide projects.

According to reports by localities, 187 kilometers of coastline in Ca Mau has been eroded, washing away 5,250 hectares of protective forests and land, while 425 kilometers of riverbanks have been eroded or at risk of erosion.

Since the beginning of this year, Soc Trang and Bac Lieu provinces have also experienced serious riverine and coastal erosion cases, causing big economic losses.

Up to 286 out of the total 744 kilometers of coastline in the region has been seriously eroded.

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