Kha Van Can Street in Thu Duc District is one of many spots in Ho Chi Minh City prone to flooding. Photo by Diep Duc Minh
Ho Chi Minh City has spent huge chunks of its budget to curb rampant flooding, but expensive measures have failed to rectify the problem.
City chairman Le Hoang Quan said Thursday at the closing day of a session with municipal councilors that VND8.178 trillion (US$387 million) had been spent since 2011 on anti-flooding projects that were "not really effective."
Councilors complained that the flood projects were fragmented as one flood spot cleared would be followed by flooding in a new location soon after and that many areas along the city's outskirts still flooded with every high tide or rain shower.
They demanded that someone take responsibility.
Councilor Nguyen Van Son said a lot of money had been spent on building dykes that were easily broken by high tides or heavy rains.
"I demand stronger dykes, as the current ones seem to be just soil and trees," Son said.
Quan blamed climate change for making the problem worse but promised that the government would keep trying.
The officials said their new goal would be to clear half of the city's flood-prone spots next year.