Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee has assigned its Department of Natural Resources and Environment to cooperate with related functional agencies and the local authorities to increase regular patrols in order to timely handle any cases of illegal sand mining in the city.
Many recent cases of large-scaled illegal mining and transporting sand, diesel oil (DO) have been detected by the Ho Chi Minh City Border Guard. The fight against commercial fraud, smuggling, illegal exploitation of minerals on Saigon River and Can Gio water still needs long-term founding solutions.
Thu Thiem 2 Bridge crossing the Saigon River, connecting the city center on the side of District 1 to the Thu Thiem New Urban Area on the side of Thu Duc City, was officially opened to traffic on the morning of April 28 to serve travel needs of citizens on the occasion of the upcoming holiday of the Reunification Day.
My very first visit to Vietnam was on a warm sunny morning on the first day of September in 2009. As my flight was landing in Tan Son Nhat Airport, the aerial view of Ho Chi Minh City from my window seat was truly fascinating, showing quaint tube like houses that resembled Lego blocks, with the flowing waters of the Saigon river meandering through the City.
The People’s Committee in District 12 of Ho Chi Minh City yesterday issued a warning to citizens to be on the lookout for crocodiles as crocodiles have been sighted along the sections of the Saigon River near the district.
Saigon Water Corporation has just suggested several methods to keep Ho Chi Minh City’s water supply clean as parts of the water source are at risk of being contaminated with micro-organism, as well as ensure water supply safety for the city for up to 50 years from now.
The Saigon River plays an extremely significant role to HCMC, supplying fresh water, being an important waterway traffic route with many seaports and beautifying the city. Still, many sections alongside the river have been reclaimed and encroached with lot of houses and tens of construction projects.
Water levels on Mekong and Saigon Rivers are rising quickly due to high tides. The highest water levels reached yesterday 2.61 at Tan Chau Station on Tien River; 2.54m at Chau Doc Station on Hau River and 1.24m at Phu An Station on Saigon River, respectively.
Floodwater in the lower reaches of Mekong and Saigon rivers will continue rising because of high tide, expected to reach its highest level on October 10 and 11, said National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center.