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News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Saturday (March 27)
HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News/ANN): The overexploitation of groundwater in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta has contributed to severe land subsidence, which could lead to devastating consequences if the practice continues, experts have said.
HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam News/ANN): The Mekong Delta needs VNĐ338 trillion (US$16.5 billion) in the next five years to upgrade its traffic infrastructure, improve water storage and mitigate riverbank and coastal erosion.
Ancient peatlands drained for development are sinking, drying out and releasing tonnes of greenhouse gases.
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Defying the naysayers, a flood barrier has protected Venice from a high tide for a second time, rising up from the lagoon floor on Thursday as strong winds started to push water into the city.
VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - A long-delayed flood barrier successfully protected Venice from a high tide for the first time on Saturday, bringing relief and smiles to the lagoon city following years of repeated inundations.
JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN): Massive infrastructure development has been one of President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo’s main priorities.
KUALA LUMPUR: A key milestone for the MRT Putrajaya Line (formerly known as the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya line) was achieved last Friday when a final tunnel boring machine (TBM) broke through the wall of the upcoming Ampang Park MRT station.
VENICE, Italy - Venice tested its long-delayed flood barriers on Friday, in a public demonstration of the strength of the defences months after rising tidal waters swamped its historic canals, squares and palaces.
JAKARTA/SINGAPORE: A recent study has identified Asean cities Jakarta and Ho Chih Minh City as among the world’s major metropolitan areas on the brink of sinking as a result of rising sea levels and extreme weather caused by climate change.