Vietnam waterway, once filled with concrete to fix pollution, is being dug up to fix pollution

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Garbage on a section of the filled Hang Bang Canal. Photo credit: VnExpress

Ho Chi Minh City has kicked off a VND2 trillion (US$93.6 million) project to dig up a canal, which was filled up 15 years ago, to reduce pollution and fight flooding, news website VnExpress reported. 
The Hang Bang Canal, running through District 5 and 6, is around 1.4 kilometers in length. It is estimated that the project will finish in 2020. 
In the first phase of the project, dozens of houses located by the canal will be removed for site clearance. 
In 2000, a 600-meter section of the canal in District 6 was seriously polluted. The city authorities decided to fill up the canal with concrete sewer boxes, on which residents built houses. 
But the area got polluted again, mostly due to household garbage. 
Under the new project, the blocked waterway will be dug up again, and trees will be planted along its two banks.
A total of around 950 households will have to be relocated for the project. 
The city government also expected that the revived canal will help reduce the water load for the nearby Lo Gom Canal, which has caused flooding in the area for years. 
Official statistics show around 100 canals and ditches, covering more than 4,000 hectares in HCMC, have been filled up as a result of urbanization.

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