Can Tho to reduce riverside erosion with over $100 mln

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The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho announced Thursday that it will spend over US$100 million on erosion mitigation along its rivers and other water ways until 2015.


Erosion has become a major problem due development along the riverbanks. The widescale construction of restaurants and homes has adversely affected the water's flow--an effect that has been compounded by the wakes of more ship traffic.


Parts of the VND2 trillion fund will be given to the Tra Noc riverside. Other money will be set aside for Road 923, along the Can Tho River, where erosion killed a woman and her grandson in March.


The money has not been clearly earmarked for specific projects.


Unofficial statistics have identified 24 severe erosion spots that comprise nearly seven kilometers.


Over the past three years, four severe riverside mudslides have pulled dozens of houses and hundreds of meters of road into water.


The losses have occurred in spite of the dozens of billions of dong invested in strengthening the dykes along the Can Tho River and its tributaries.


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