Experts warn of subsidence in HCMC below sea level

Experts warned that Ho Chi Minh City is highly likely to gradually sink below sea level and will not be far away without timely preventive solutions.

Subsidence occurs both because of human activity (groundwater extraction, mining, drilling/fracking for oil and natural gas, and urban development) and because of natural causes (drought, tectonic forces, groundwater movement, natural compaction of soils).

To minimize subsidence in Ho Chi Minh City, scientists believe that the city needs to synchronously deploy many solutions. Specifically, the first thing is to reduce the density of high-rise building construction in areas with weak soil, along with preventative measures to limit groundwater extraction in subsidence-prone areas.

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Translated by Anh Quan