Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday launched an ambitious, VND10 trillion (442.5 million USD) project to control flooding in the downtown area.
The project aims to protect about 6.5 million people in the downtown area of 570 sq.km from tidal flooding, which has become more serious with rising sea level and sinking land as a result of climate change and urbanisation.
The project investor, Trung Nam Group, will build six big tide-controlling sluices, which when finished will allow boats and ships going through.
The project also includes the construction of a 7.8 km dyke along Sai Gon River from Vam Thuat to Song Kinh and 25 small sluices from Vam Thuat to Muong Chuoi.
The project spans across District 1, 4, 7, 8, Nha Be and Binh Chanh districts. Around 300 families of 1,500 people will be relocated.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the project has a great significance to development of HCMC.