A vast area of beaches in several central provinces have been seriously eroded as trees have fallen and embankments destroyed after the recent storms.
Gio Hai Beach
Over 6 kilometres of Gio Hai Beach in Quang Tri Province was eroded with the sea encroaching 20-40 metres into the land. Storm Vamco destroyed the embankment and 15 coastal restaurants at the location.
62-year-old Phan Ngoc Tung said, “We’ve never suffered such huge damage. Restoring the restaurant business is really difficult.”
According to Nguyen Viet Nam, chairman of Gio Hai Commune, there had been small-scale erosion every year during the storm season. However, many people have expressed concerns as the damage has been so severe this time.
In Trung Giang Commune, the eroded area was over 7.5 kilometres long and over 10 kilometres deep. In addition 30-70% of 140 ha of forest lands in VInh Linh District was destroyed.
Thua Thien-Hue Province also lost 14 kilometres of beach to erosion. Provincial Road 21 was damaged as well as many homes and protective forest. Ho Van Hung, head of An Duong 1 Village, said the erosion badly affected their daily lives.
Hoang Van Su, chairman of Phong Hai Commune People’s Committee, said, “We had never had erosion before. But Storm Molave and Storm Vamco eroded our beach. The eroded area is 3 kilometres long and 5-10 metres deep.”
The provincial authorities in Thua Thien-Hue reinforced over 4 kilometres of key embankment sections and are proceeding to reinforce another 3 kilometres of embankment to cope with climate change.
Vo Van Hung, chairman of Quang Tri Province People’s Committee has also ordered Gio Linh District authorities to carry out necessary measures to protect the residents, clean up and repair the damaged constructions. Hung said they would report the damage to responsible ministries and agencies for financial support.
He went on to say that more erosion would occur due to climate change. The Department of Natural Resources and Environment and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development were asked to research a preventive plan for the problem.
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