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Vietnam has announced a $2 billion plan to repair its dam, the third time in the last decade that the country has sought to do so.
It is the third dam to be repaired in Vietnam in as many years, following in the footsteps of China’s Xisha Dam and Japan’s Fukuoka Dam, which were built in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Vietnam will spend $2,200 per person, or $100,000 for a family, for a total of $2bn.
Vietnam is now spending an average of $25,000 per dam, or about $30,000 a dam.
The country has a total water-supply shortfall of more than 8,000 cubic metres per second.
The dam was built in 1949 by the former US and French colonial rulers.
It was damaged by a landslide in the 1980s, and has been repaired only three times in the past 40 years.
In 2002, the dam was damaged again by a storm, this time when water levels dropped and the floodwaters swept away trees.
In 2004, Vietnam installed a new floodwall system and a new levee system to prevent the same kind of disaster.
In 2009, the flooding caused a massive landslide at the dam, which killed six people and destroyed dozens of homes.