Dykes in Hanoi in danger

Floods from the upper Da and Hong rivers have broken many dykes and embankments in Hanoi.

Landslide along the Thanh Am embankment on the Duong River (Photo: SGGP)

Many clefts have recently appeared on Thanh Am and Sen Ho embankments along the Duong River, where it intersects with water from the Hong River.
The embankments might easily collapse into the river, which would sink many residential areas, unless the clefts are repaired soon.
Do Huy Chien, vice chairman of the Long Bien District People’s Committee, said a team from Hanoi’s People’s Committee and Agriculture and Rural Development Department has inspected the site, but have yet make measurements needed to repair it and thereby ensure safety for residents living nearby, with the flood season fast approaching.
Nguyen Xuan Viet, the department’s director, admitted that many parts of dykes along Da, Hong and Duong rivers are in danger.
These dykes are too dry so that they can be blown off easily by floods, he said.
Changes of river flow during the last years have caused more landsides at dykes, threatening the safety of inhabitants there, Mr. Viet added.
A deluge forecast to occur in October has caused the Hanoi People’s Committee to order relevant agencies to prepare solutions including boats, lifebuoys and over-bridges to help affected people. 

By Phuc Van – Translated by Hoang Yen

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