Construction of a 30-km embankment along the Mekong River starting near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge in Vientiane will soon begin. The flood protection levy will run from the Vientiane-Nong Khai Friendship Bridge downstream through Huaymarkhia village to Dongphoudy and Thamuang villages in Hadxaifong district. The project, known as the Vientiane Flood Embankment Protection Project under the Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project, is funded by the Asian Development Bank in the form of a low-interest loan to the Lao government. The embankment is expected to be finished in 2019. The overall cost of construction has been calculated at US$36.5 million including compensation payments to affected households, officials said. President of the Flood and Drought Risk Management and Mitigation Project, Dr. Khamchanh Vongsana, spoke to Vientiane Times last week when compensation payments were distributed to householders under the Rehabilitation of Vientiane Flood Protection Project.