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"Xuyen Tam Canal: The slum area in the heart of Saigon, waiting for renovation for nearly 20 years.


Nearly 20 years have passed since the Xuyen Tam Canal renovation project was approved, and after several restarts, it remains at a standstill, causing more than 2,000 households to suffer from pollution from waste, alongside the risk of danger from severely deteriorating homes.


Slums in Saigon are currently concentrated in many districts, especially Binh Thanh, Go Vap, and District 12. These areas are often small, cramped, and lack the necessary amenities and infrastructure to meet the needs of residents. Therefore, people often have to live in old, narrow houses without proper sanitation and clean water. Today, we will explore the slum area called "Xuyen Tam Canal," one of the most famous slum areas in Saigon.


The Xuyen Tam Canal starts from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal (Binh Thanh District) and flows to the Vam Thuat River (Go Vap District), with a length of 6.2km. This is considered the most polluted canal in Saigon. Therefore, since May 2002, the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee has approved the Xuyen Tam Canal renovation project, which includes environmental improvement, infrastructure construction, and exploitation of land resources along the canal.