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New Zealand assists in dam safety

Released at: 11:03, 25/04/2017

New Zealand assists in dam safety

Photo: Hoang Thu

New Zealand-funded $3.8 million initiative to reduce dam-related flooding in central Vietnam.

by Thu Hoang

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan and visiting Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Murray McCully, jointly launched the Vietnam - New Zealand Dam Safety Project (Phase 2) on April 24.

The New Zealand-funded NZ$5.4 million ($3.8 million) project will focus on dam safety on the 1,000 km-long Ca River in central Vietnam.

The project aims to cut the death toll from flooding on the river by 2021 and curb associated economic losses by 30 per cent.

It will be implemented by Vietnam’s Thuy Loi University and New Zealand’s Damwatch Engineering and GNS Science.

“New Zealand is sharing its expertise in water engineering and natural hazard management to help Vietnam address its development challenges,” Mr. McCully said.

“Our support will help Vietnam effectively assess dams most in need of repair, coordinate dam owners with officials and communities, and upgrade the training curriculum for future water managers.”

Vietnam has more than 7.000 dams, which are used for irrigation, electricity, and drinking water. In the past ten years, there are have been 43 unplanned water releases or dam failures, sometimes harming downstream communities.

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