HCMC Considers Landslide Prevention

Facing the danger of landslides in HCMC, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tin, Deputy Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee, held a meeting with the leaders of related departments and affected districts to decide upon effective preventative measures.

Residents live in the houses along riverbank

Mr. Tran Minh Dung, Deputy Director of the HCMC Department of Transport and Construction, said that in the past few years landslides in HCMC have become serious, often collapsing wide swaths of land on both sides of rivers and canals. According to Mr. Dung, the main reason behind the landslides is encroachment along riverbanks and canals for building houses, leading to changes in the direction of water flow. Based on this reason, Mr. Dung has advocated a ban on construction along the banks, emplacing embankments to stabilize the banks, and relocating at-risk residents.
Mr. Tin, however, remarked that these solutions aren’t effective enough to completely solve the problem.
Mr. Tin has asked the Department of Transport and Construction to immediately calculate and declare the required height of embankments for Sai Gon’s riverbanks, as well as for local authorities to halt illegal construction along dangerous stretches of riverbank and to create compensation plans for residents forced to relocate.
He emphasized that in the future, authorities should encourage citizens to donate money to supplement the government’s budget for reinforcing embankments.

By V.A – Translated by Xuan Huong

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