Update news Drought

 VietNamNet Bridge – Disasters such as drought, salt water intrusion and severe cold have already caused higher financial losses this year than last year.

Long drought hits crops in Vietnam

 VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam’s major crops like coffee, pepper and cashew have been affected by the prolonged drought, making businesses worry about possible shortages for processing and export,

Drought, salinity force southerners to leave villages

Passing through villages in the Mekong Delta, visitors will see many locked houses of those who have left their hometown to big cities in the south to work since their fields and ponds have been attacked by drought and saltwater.

Unlicensed hydropower plant being built in mountainous area

VietNamNet Bridge - Another unlicensed hydropower work is under construction, reporters have found.

Drought, saltwater intrusion cause hefty losses

 Drought and salinity have caused losses of VND5.6 trillion (US$249.89 million) for large swaths of the Central Highlands, south-central and Mekong Delta regions.

Lacking raw materials, workshops halt operations

VietNamNet Bridge - Drought, saline intrusion and unmethodical business plans all have dealt a blow on enterprises, leaving them with a material shortage. 

Coffee growers urged to save water resources

VietNamNet Bridge - A Highlands Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (WASI) shows that the climate change has had big impacts on agriculture, while coffee is one of the most affected crops.

VFA forecasts decline of rice exports in second quarter

The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) has planned to export 1.6 million tons of rice for the second quarter of this year, 200,000 tons lower than the initial plan.

China continues releasing water to drought-hit Mekong River countries

 China will continue discharging water from a hydropower station into the downstream Mekong River for drought relief, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said on April 12.

Saline intrusion hits shrimp farmers in Mekong Delta

 Many farmers who breed brackish-water shrimp in the Mekong Delta have cut back on production because of high salinity this year.

Large underground water reservoirs to be built in HCM City

The HCM City authorities have given the nod to the Saigon Water Supply Company (Sawaco) plan to build underground water reservoirs in some parks in the city which would help ensure water supply after earthquakes and other natural calamities.

National Assembly's deputies propose to ease luxury tax on cars

VietNamNet Bridge - National Assembly deputies, when consulted by the Finance & Budget Committee about the luxury tax law amendment, have proposed to lower the tax on cars.

Vietnam uses high-tech measures to save water

Vietnam is following two solutions in a national program to save water – developing technologies which allow people to minimize the consumption of fresh water; and developing low-cost technologies which allow conversion of sea water into fresh water.

VN's rice supply may decrease due to drought and saline intrusion

VietNamNet Bridge - Opinions vary about the rice supply in the context of the serious drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong River Delta, the rice granary of Vietnam. 

Vietnam's Central Highlands struggles with historic drought

In the severe drought that has lasted for several months, water levels of hundreds of reservoirs in the Central Highlands are at 30-40% of capacity. In Dak Lak, 250 lakes are dry and the numbers are 17-40-5 in Dak Nong, Kon Tum, and Gia Lai.

When will Vietnam switch off 2G?

VietNamNet Bridge - Some mobile network operators have proposed to take back 2G network frequency to pave the way for the development of 4G network. However, some analyst say it is still too early.

First rainfall appears over drought-hit Mekong Delta

 The first rainfall began spreading over the Mekong Delta last night, refreshing agricultural crops as well as lower temperatures after the long- lasting dry season in the region.

Dead rivers in the Mekong Delta

VietNamNet Bridge - Crippling drought and saline intrusion are forecasted to continue damaging the south-central, Central Highlands and southern regions in April due to the devastating El Nino phenomenon.

Experts discuss man-made rain for Mekong Delta

VietNamNet Bridge - The Mekong River Delta, Vietnam's biggest rice granary, is facing the most serious drought in the last 100 years. Can scientists make artificial rain to rescue the rice fields? 

Agricultural experts: 'Saline intrusion is a chance to get rich'

 VietNamNet Bridge - Many scientists believe that reducing the area of wet rice cultivation to shift to aquaculture to utilize the available saltwater resources will be an opportunity for farmers in the Mekong Delta to get rich.