Authorities earmark $3 million to fix Mekong River erosion

The southern province of An Giang has allocated VND70 billion ($3 million) to address erosion caused by a sediment-poor Mekong River branch.

The emergency plan, which draws funding from the national budget, will be implemented until the end of next year to counter erosion along the bank of the Hau River, a branch of the Mekong.

A stretch of 450 m along the bank will be filled with sandbags and rock carpets to prevent further erosion.

Nguyen Duc Duy, management head of investor An Giang Agriculture and Rural Development Investment Construction Project, said it would allow erosion along the Hau River to be contained, ensure the safety of locals and mitigate flood damage.

Duy said the traditional solution is based on the use sandbags and rock carpets as implemented in some areas across the province, such as the Vam Nao River. It is effective, low-cost, and preventative of erosion, he said.

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Cuu Long