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Ca Mau faces severe subsidence, erosion

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau is grappling with extensive subsidence and erosion, particularly in Tran Van Thoi District, according to the local media.

Since the beginning of the year, Tran Van Thoi District alone has seen over 340 cases of subsidence and erosion, mainly in Tran Hoi, Khanh Hai, Khanh Binh, Khanh Binh Tay, and Khanh Binh Tay Bac communes, causing damage of VND13 billion.

On February 20, nearly 100 meters of the embankment in Khanh Hung Commune, Tran Van Thoi District, collapsed.

The district’s vulnerability to subsidence and erosion is exacerbated by its extensive network of rivers and canals, stretching over 960 kilometers. Most roads are built alongside dykes, near water bodies, making them susceptible to erosion and subsidence.

The premature end of the rainy season and severe drought have aggravated water scarcity, leading locals to pump water into fields. This action has further contributed to the depletion of rivers, canals, and streams, exacerbating the problem of subsidence and erosion.

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