The bank of the Saigon River is eroded at the area of Cu Chi Tunnels. Photo courtesy of Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon Online
Severe erosion along a part of the Saigon River is threatening to damage the war-era historic site of the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Site managers told the city government in a statement Tuesday that the erosion, of up to 10 meters, stretches for around 3.5 kilometers along Ho Chi Minh City's major river near the border with Tay Ninh Province, the Thoi bao Kinh te Saigon (Saigon Times) Online reported.
They said several sites like the Ben Duoc war martyrs' temple and the lake-size model of the East Sea are vulnerable, urging dyke construction within this year.
A dyke construction project was drafted by the site managers in 2008 but it was cancelled in 2011 due to city budget cuts.
Cu Chi Tunnels were built by Vietnamese freedom fighters as shelter from US bombs and troops during the Vietnam War. They were used as living quarters, hospitals, supply routes and storage areas.
The 120-kilometer-long tunnel complex, part of a much larger network throughout the country, now operates as a war memorial for visitors and was chosen by CNN as one of world's 12 top underground tourist attractions in November.
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