Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City had a meeting with Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Elsbeth Akkerman and Dutch experts on October 28 to discuss the Netherlands’ suggestion for cooperation in sustainable flood prevention for the southern economic hub.
Ho Chi Minh City is calling for investment to 17 flood prevention and wastewater treatment projects, and needs more than VND96 trillion (US$4.12 billion) for the works from now to 2020.
The General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development held a training course on dyke protection techniques and flood prevention in the central coastal province of Nghe An on June 21.
The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang has allocated nearly VND23 billion (over US$1 million) since the start of the year for flood prevention and natural disaster mitigation projects.
Ho Chi Minh City wants to get support from the United Nations Development Programmme (UNDP) in programmes on public administrative reform, climate change adaption, flood prevention, and start-up development.
Ho Chi Minh City hopes to receive more support from Japan to implement flood prevention projects and construct rainwater drainage systems, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh La Thang told Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism Keiichi Ishii.
HCM City has announced that it will pump an estimated VND11.61 trillion (US$505 million) into 84 projects in an attempt to reduce floods over the next five years.
A national conference on urban planning in response to flood and climate change was held in Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 27.
Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is accelerating the pace of key power plant projects in October, including the 500kV Son La-Lai Chau line, 220kV Phan Thiet-Phu My 2 and Thuong Tin- Kim Dong lines, and the 110kV Muong La-Son La circuit 2.
In the past 10 years, Ho Chi Minh City has invested about VND24.3 trillion (more than US$1.14 billion) in flood prevention projects.
Advanced technologies and effective measures in flood risk and vulnerability management were shared at a regional seminar in Hanoi on July 7-8.
(VOV) -Ebara, Japan’s leading water pump maker, has inaugurated its first Vietnam-based plant with the intention of helping the country in flood prevention and control.
(VOV) -The World Bank (WB) has pledged US$600 million in funding to flood prevention and control projects in HCM City.
Experts urged Vietnam to renew its weather forecasting technology in order to improve its effectiveness in predicting extreme weather phenomena, at a meeting held in the capital on May 21.
(VOV) -Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received Le Thanh Hai, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Party Committee, on March 19.
Ho Chi Minh City is striving to achieve an annual growth rate of 10 percent in 2012 while controlling inflation, stabilizing the macro-economy and ensuring social welfare.