Ho Chi Minh City to build first retention basin to combat flooding


Updated : 05/09/2017 15:33 GMT + 7

The administration of Ho Chi Minh City will go ahead with a project to build its first-ever retention basin in the rural district of Cu Chi as a means of curbing chronic flooding in the city.

The pond will reserve water for household and agriculture use during the dry season, and mitigate the impacts of flooding during the rainy season.

The project, which will see the construction of a retention basin between 2019 and 2025, has been approved by Le Van Khoa, deputy chairman of Ho Chi Minh City.

The city’s Steering Center for the Urban Flood Control Program will implement the project, the first of its kind in the southern metropolis, around the Ben Muong and Lang The canals in Cu Chi.

During the 2017-18 period, the city will focus on upgrading, expanding and dredging canals to improve the water flow and anti-flooding capacity of its drainage system.

Resolving water pollution and improving hygiene in the area are also prioritized, before construction of the retention basin commences in 2019.

According to the steering center, as much as 3,000 hectares of land in the Ben Muong – Lang The area is constantly flooded during rainy seasons, damaging crops.

Sedimentation in nearby waterways and the fast growth of industrial and residential zones without the installation of appropriate drainage systems have exacerbated the problem, it said.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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