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Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

By Vo Thanh   October 20, 2022 | 12:39 am PT
Coastal erosion has been ravaging Vietnam's central Thua Thien Hue Province following the aftermath of Storm Son Ca that arrived last weekend.
Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

A beach section exceeding 400 meters in Phu Thuan Commune of Phu Vang District was eroded by more than 20 meters, threatening the safety of more than 1,000 families.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Local authorities, coast guards and residents join forces to prevent further encroachment along the beach in Phu Thuan Commune.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

A system of sand bags stretching hundreds of meters was used as temporary embankment along the beach in Phu Thuan Commune.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

A government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh inspects coastal erosion on Wednesday.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Strong waves destroyed the sandbank system, swept away decades-old protective willows and spilled into an aquaculture area in Giang Hai Commune, Phu Loc District.

Nguyen Huu, chairman of the People's Committee of Giang Hai Commune, said seawater intrusion has directly affected 70 hectares of aquaculture, 100 hectares of crops, and the lives of 650 families with 2,000 members.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Coastal erosion destroyed a two-meter-long concrete path along the beach.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Strong waves pulled down an electric pole.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Facilities at a resort in Loc Vinh Commune of Phu Loc District were damaged by strong waves.

Storm-driven erosion devours Thua Thien Hue coastline

Coastal erosion also affected the beach along Hai Duong Commune of Hue Town.

The sixth storm to hit Vietnam this year, Storm Son Ca devolved into a tropical depression as it approached the central region. The storm brought rains of up to 650 millimeters from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Thua Thien Hue.

As the impacts of Son Ca linger, another storm, Nesat, entered Vietnamese waters Sunday, raising water levels in Thua Thien Hue while some coastal areas in the province have been inundated for almost a week.

 
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