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HCMC to build retention basin to prevent flooding

Released at: 19:00, 11/05/2017

HCMC to build retention basin to prevent flooding

Illustrative image. Photo: Bao Dat Viet

Project to build first-ever retention basin in rural district of Cu Chi from 2019.

by Le Diem

A retention basin is to be built from 2019 around the Ben Muong and Lang The Canals in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi district by the city’s Steering Center for the Urban Flood Control Program, with completion expected in 2025.

The basin will store water for household and agricultural use during the dry season and mitigate the impacts of flooding during the wet season.

During the 2017-2018 period, the city will focus on upgrading, expanding, and dredging canals to improve water flows and the anti-flooding capacity of drainage systems.

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 ha of land in the Ben Muong - Lang The area is constantly flooded during the wet season, damaging crops. Sedimentation in nearby waterways and the rapid growth of industrial and residential zones without the installation of appropriate drainage systems have exacerbated the problem. It also results to serious pollution in the area. The basin is expected to resolve such problems. 

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