24 June 20 Thesaigontimes Source CAN THO – Dong Thap Province has sought Government aid worth some VND902 billion to execute urgent projects aimed at proactively responding to natural disasters and minimizing damages amid the gradual worsening of landslides and a limited local budget.

Vo Thanh Ngoan, deputy director of the provincial Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, submitted the proposal during a meeting with a working team of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control today, June 24, in Dong Thap.

If the Mekong Delta province receives the funding, it will invest in projects to handle landslides along the Tien River in the province's Hong Ngu Town and an area in Cao Lanh District's Binh Hang Commune, with a total investment of an estimated VND555 billion, Ngoan said.

It will also tap VND110 billion from the funding to urgently tackle landslides along the Cai Vung River with a total length of 1,600 meters.

Besides this, the province will build six residential zones and evacuate some 1,190 households from the affected localities to safe areas, which requires some VND347 billion.

During this year to date, the province reported a landslide incident in Thanh Binh District's An Phong Commune, according to a report of the provincial Committee for Disaster Response and Search and Rescue.

Landslides also hit the inner areas of rice paddies in the three districts of Cao Lanh, Thanh Binh and Chau Thanh, with the total affected length being 213 meters, directly impacting five local households and causing damages worth over VND950 million.By Trung Chanh