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Hoi An Requests $30m to Save Cua Dai Beach From Severe Erosion

Hoi An’s Cua Dai Beach might be wiped out completely in the near future if nothing is done to combat further erosion.

As Dan Tri reports, Quang Nam authorities recently submitted a request to the central government for VND700 billion (US$30.205 million) to carry out measures to prevent Cua Dai Beach from coastal erosion. The beach is located north of the mouth of Thu Bon River in east Hoi An.

Since 2014, strong waves and frequent typhoons have quickly shaved off meters of the coast, damaging seaside structures and chasing tourists away. Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee Dinh Van Thu shared that the erosion has hurt the local economy as tourism has been seriously affected.

So far, Hoi An officials have attempted to fortify the beach by building dikes from sandbags, but the situation hasn’t improved due to frequent tropical storms in 2018. Province administration also met with Dutch experts, who suggested constructing artificial islands off the Cua Dai coast to shield it from strong waves and winds.

Some experts suggested that a reduction in sediment supply from the Thu Bon River is the most prominent cause for erosion. This dearth of sediment is further attributed to human projects to modify the natural environment along the waterway, such as reservoirs, sand extraction, and river realignment.

[Photo by Coast Vietnam]

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