Mekong Delta province declares state of emergency as waves erode embankment

By Trung Dung   August 28, 2020 | 03:37 pm GMT+7

Mekong Delta province declares state of emergency as waves erode embankment

An embankment section in Tran Van Thoi District of Ca Mau Province in early August, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Trung Dung.

With its coastal embankment threatened by collapse, Ca Mau Province is seeking urgent solutions to save residential areas and farmland.

The province entered a state of emergency Thursday to respond to any damage occurring as a three kilometer (1.86 miles) coastal embankment along its western coast nears the point of collapse due to wave impact.

Authorities have identified four sections as “especially threatened,” measuring 610 and 315 m each in U Minh District, and 1,900 m and 500 m each in Tran Van Thoi District.

“Those sections receive no forest protection. During extreme weather spells, waves would break directly against the embankment, putting it at great risk,” To Quoc Nam, deputy director of the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said.

He confirmed the department is looking into investment projects to help counter the situation.

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Mekong River offshoot erodes like a drill

By Cuu Long   June 2, 2020 | 07:30 pm GMT+7

A three kilometer section of Hau River, a branch of the Mekong, is straitened by half in width when passing through An Giang’s Chau Phu District.

Besides this natural occurrence, the operation of upstream Mekong dams and overexploitation of sand along the river has caused erosion to eat away at nearby National Highway 91, according to experts.

In the past 10 years, erosion has thrice struck this section of Hau River, with a 500 m highway stretch pulled into the water in Binh My Commune.

Most recently, another 40 m of the highway collapsed into the river on May 27 after a crack appeared four days earlier.

In August last year, a 85-meter-long area fell into the river, followed a few weeks later by a 30 m section.

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The National Highway 91 in Binh My Commune, Chau Phu District of An Giang Province, with two sections hit by erosion in August 2019 and May 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Cuu Long.

Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam

About 6.8 hectares of the river will be filled to prepare for the construction

By Tuoi Tre News

October 29, 2017, 16:28 GMT+7

​Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam
About 6.8 hectares of the Tien (Front) River will be reclaimed for the construction of a fruit park in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A park project in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has sparked concern among local residents for blatantly encroaching on a large area of a river, as it may cause the riverbank to collapse anytime.

For the past six months, people in Cai Lay and Cai Be Districts, Tien Giang Province, have been worried by the construction of a fruit park as it will take up a considerable portion of a local waterway.

Locals and experts fear that the project would cause changes to the natural torrent of the river, resulting in subsidence in nearby areas. Tiếp tục đọc “Fruit park project encroaches on river, poses subsidence hazards in southern Vietnam”

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Third of Earth’s soil is acutely degraded due to agriculture

Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study

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Soil erosion in Maasai heartlands, Tanzania, is due to climate change and land management decisions. Photograph: Carey Marks/Plymouth University

A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according to a new United Nations-backed study that calls for a shift away from destructively intensive agriculture.

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