HCMC plans 3 reservoirs to reduce flooding

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The Hanoi Highway was flooded after a heavy rain on July 23, 2015. Photo: Hoai Nhon The Hanoi Highway was flooded after a heavy rain on July 23, 2015. Photo: Hoai Nhon

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The Ho Chi Minh City government plans to invest VND950 billion (US$42.3 million) on building three reservoirs to store rainwater in the next five years in a bid to reduce flooding in the city.
The biggest reservoir will cover 95 hectares in Thu Duc District while the 4.8-hectare one will be located in District 4 and the 0.4 hectare one will be situated in Tan Binh District, VnExpress reported on Saturday.
These three ponds are expected to store dozens of millions of cubic meters of rainwater, thus helping cut down flooding by 30 percent, the news website said.
The reservoirs are part of the city’s flood control plan, which is scheduled to be implemented between 2016 and 2020. This plan also consists of some other measures, including dredging canals and installing sewer systems.
Ho Chi Minh City usually witnesses serious flooding whenever there are heavy rains or high tides.
Analysts have criticized the city authorities for ineffective flood control measures, including raising roads.
Elevating roads just means moving flood-prone places from one area to others, they said.

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