Quang Nam plans $6 mln revetment for Cua Dai beach

By Dac Thanh   April 22, 2021 | 05:16 pm PT
Quang Nam plans $6 mln revetment for Cua Dai beach
The shores of Cua Dai beach in Hoi An Town of Quang Nam Province are eroded in October 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh.
The central province of Quang Nam has approved a $6.2 million revetment project to protect Hoi An Town’s Cua Dai beach from erosion.

The funds for the revetment, which would run 1.8 km from the Cua Dai beach to Cam An Ward and cost over VND145 billion ($6.27 million), will be sourced from both the town’s and the national budget.

A decision on the revetment by Quang Nam Chairman Le Tri Thanh says the project is expected to be implemented over 420 days.

The 7.5 km long Cua Dai beach, which hosts a range of businesses, service and residential facilities, has suffered severe erosion since 2000.

Several revetment projects worth around VND184 billion in total have been implemented by Quang Nam from 2010, but these have not succeeded in completely stopping the erosion caused by rains and storms of the years. Many restaurants and resorts have suffered, as a result.

The ancient town of Hoi An is one of Vietnam's top tourist attractions. However, it has been suffering the curse of erosion for many years. Much of the town is two meters or less above the sea level, making it vulnerable to rising sea levels and storm surges, according to a joint report by the United Nations Environment Program, UNESCO and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The town's Cua Dai Beach has been losing between 10 and 20 meters of land to erosion every year for several years now.

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