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.
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.
VietNamNet Bridge - Another unlicensed hydropower work is under construction, reporters have found.
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 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.
Many farmers who breed brackish-water shrimp in the Mekong Delta have cut back on production because of high salinity this year.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.