Sluice gates to prevent salinity in Mekong tributary

The government has approved the construction of six sluice gates on a tributary of the Mekong River to help keep out saltwater and store freshwater.

The Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development and Planning-Investment have green-lighted a proposal by Tien Giang Province to build them on the Tien River in Chau Thanh and Cai Lay districts at a cost of VND880 billion ($38 million) using government funding.

Five provinces, Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau, declared an emergency due to lack of water as salinity levels reached record levels. Around 40,000 hectares of paddies were damaged.

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