Central coastal road to provide disaster relief

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Work began Sunday on a coastal road project worth US$132.9 million in the central province of Quang Nam that seeks to avoid flooding and facilitate rescue efforts during natural disasters.

The road, part of a national coastal road, will go past Tam Ky Town and the districts of Thang Binh and Nui Thanh.

Work on the project is expected to last two years with funds raised through government bonds. The Quang Nam People's Committee will be the project manager while Xuan Thanh Corporation from the northern province of Ninh Binh will be the contractor.

Once completed, the 33km, four-lane road will connect tourists' favorite roads along the Da Nang coast with Hoi An Town, Quang Nam province's eastern region and other economic hotspots.

The road is expected to create jobs for thousands of local residents, officials said at the launching ceremony.

A large number of local residents will be moved to safer areas, they added

It was also announced at the ceremony that VND1.4 trillion ($73.2 million) raised through government bonds will be used dredge the Truong Giang River to stop flooding and waterlogging in the area.

The project, expected to take three years, is expected to reduce damage to agriculture production and clear water transport ways to the Chu Lai Economic Zone.

The two projects are part of a population arrangement project approved in 2007 to reduce natural disasters on the Quang Nam coast. The bigger project, covering more than 13.7 hectares, would relocate around 41,000 people in four districts.

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