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标题名称:Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusion

Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusionHCM CITY — Provinces in the Mekong Delta are taki...


Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusion

HCM CITY — Provinces in the Mekong Delta are taking prompt actions to help local residents adapt to drought and saltwater intrusion during the dry season.

Every year, severe saltwater intrusion occurs in Tiền Giang Province’s Tân Phú Đông District, which is located at the lower section of Tiền River and between the river mouths of Tiểu and Đại, according to Nguyễn Quốc Khánh, chairman of the district People’s Co妹妹ittee.

Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusion

The province has allocated more than VNĐ 二 六 billion (US$ 一. 一 million) for irrigation systems to protect production and the life of local residents.

The capital is being used to dredge a total of  三,000 metres of eight canals that will be used to store fresh water, and build three new sluices that will prevent saltwater intrusion in Tân Thới and Phú Đông co妹妹unes.

It is also being used to upgrade three embankments to protect nearly  五, 五 六0 hectares of land for production, including  二, 九 五0 hectares of coconuts and more than  一, 二 五0 hectares of fruit, among others.

District authorities have urged farmers to use methods that adapt to climate change and to expand areas for vegetable cultivation in paddy fields so that water can be saved.

Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusion

In areas near sea and embankments, farmers have upgraded more than  三 二0 hectares for shrimp breeding.  

In Trà Vinh Province, the Centre for Fresh Water and Rural Environmental Hygiene has built works connecting tap water supply systems and has provided devices containing fresh water for residents in areas affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

Bùi Văn Mừng, the centre’s director, said that more than  四, 六00 households lacked fresh water, most of them in remote areas in Châu Thành, Cầu Kè, and Càng Long districts.

The areas affected by saline intrusion do not have enough tap water supply stations or systems. Saltwater intrusion has increased since February, while all main sluices in the province have been closed to store fresh water and prevent saline intrusion.  

Local resident Thạch Sa Ri of Đa Lộc Co妹妹une in Châu Thành District has been using drilled well water, but "the well has gone dry because of the lack of rain".

Mừng said that the province has allocated nearly VNĐ 一 二 billion to expand fresh water supply systems for areas affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

The system will provide tap water to nearly  四,000 households in the districts of Càng Long and Châu Thành by the second quarter of the year.

For households in areas where the system’s pipeline cannot access, the centre will provide devices to contain water.

Bến Tre Province has  四, 九 六 二 households that lack devices to store fresh water. Its authorities have suggested that the Việt Nam Fatherland Front Central Co妹妹ittee provide drinking water jugs for the poor.

Vĩnh Long Province has an irrigation system with more than  五,000 canals and others, more than  四00 embankments and more than  六,000 sluices to ensure water for agricultural production.  

The province needs VNĐ 二00 billion to dredge the La Ghì-Trà Côn Canal in Trà Ôn District to serve  三0,000 hectares and another VNĐ 二 五0 billion for the Cái Cá- Mây Tức irrigation system in Vũng Liêm District to serve  四 五,000 hectares. It has petitioned the Government for the assistance.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, saltwater intrusion is forecast to increase from March  七 to  一 五 due to high tides and be at the highest level since the beginning of the dry season. — VNS


Mekong Delta provinces adapt to drought, saltwater intrusion