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HCMC approves $81 mln flood-prevention project to dredge major canal
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have approved a flood prevention plan to dredge a major canal that will cost the southern hub VND1.85 trillion ($81 million).
The work along a 7.5km stretch of the Ba Lon Canal between Binh Chanh District and District 8 is expected to help control flooding in the south of the city.
Scheduled for completion by 2020, the project will also help to reduce pollution along the canal and will be connected to the city’s tidal flood defenses.
In June this year, the municipal government began work on a project to stem tidal flooding, which will cost more than $400 million. The project will help prevent flooding over 570 square kilometers that currently house around 6.5 million residents in the city center and along the Saigon River.
The project will include the construction of six major tidal gates, seven kilometers of embankments along a section of the Saigon River from the Vam Thuat River to the Kinh River, 68 small drainage systems, and pumping stations with a capacity of 12-24 cubic meters of water per second. Construction is expected to take three years.
A historic downpour on September 26 rendered the city’s drainage system almost useless, causing flooding on at least 60 streets of up to 80 centimeters. Thousands of cars and motorbikes in basement parking lots were left submerged.
At Least 5 Injured in Portland, Oregon, Gas Explosion
A gas-related explosion blew apart a building in northwestern Portland, shaking the ground, according to reports. The blast injured five people and knocked out what looked like the entire facade of a nearby structure, according to Portland Fire and Rescue. The fire department said that two firefighters and two civilians were injured. Structural engineers have been dispatched to assess the building's integrity. Lt. Rich Chatman, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue, told The Associated… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Mexico says cancelling Trump summit would fuel uncertainty
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A possible cancellation of a meeting planned next week between Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump would fuel uncertainty, Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade said on Thursday."That's correct," Meade said on Mexican radio when asked if a cancellation of the meeting would fuel uncertainty.Earlier, Trump said on Twitter Pena Nieto should cancel his upcoming visit to Washington if Mexico refuses to pay for the border wall the… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Shake-up needed in managing State capital
Viet Nam urgently needs an effective model for managing State capital at State-owned enterprises (SOEs) to prevent loss and corruption while promoting efficiency in using State capital. SCIC now manages only 1 per cent of the total State capital at enterprises. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, at the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of the Viet Nam Central Committee, said it was necessary to complete the model of managing State assets and capital at enterprises.… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnam among Russians’ most favourite destinations
Vietnam is one of the most favourite destinations of Russians for the New Year holiday, according to Maya Lomidze, Director of Association of Tour Operations of Russia (ATOR). Other popular holiday destinations are Thailand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey and skiing places in Europe.Vietnam has welcomed 383,790 Russian arrivals in the first 11 months of this year, posting an increase of 129.1 percent against the same period last year, according to the latest statistics of the Vietnam… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Health official alerts potential human bird flu infections
A chicken farm (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam would place itself in a scenario in which human bird flu infections could has been detected so as to take drastic actions to prevent the intrusion of avian influenza viruses that are raging in next-door neighbour China, said Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long. He made the request at a meeting on March 3 with the Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of Dangerous and Emerging Diseases to discuss ways to prevent highly… chat_bubble_outline Read More...