Update news Drought

 The water discharged from China’s Jinghong Hydropower Station is expected to reach the Mekong Delta region in 19 days, according to Dong Van Tu, head of the Water Resource Directorate’s department of irrigation and dam safety.

Drought, saline encroachment continue in Mekong Delta: Mekong River Commission

 Drought and saltwater intrusion are predicted to continue damaging parts of the Mekong Delta despite China’s release of upriver water, said Chief Executive Officer at the Mekong River Commission Secretariat Pham Tuan Phan.

Seafood export struggles with drought, salinity

 VietNamNet Bridge – Drought and salt intrusion has worsened and damaged a large shrimp farming area in the Mekong Delta since the beginning of this year, causing material shortage for export processing plants

Hydropower plants temporarily stop generating electricity because of drought

To ensure the water supply for downstream areas, tens of hydropower plants in the central region and Central Highlands have withdrawn from the power generation market despite the good prices.

Mixed reactions after China announces it will release water

While the people and leaders of the Mekong Delta provinces are pleased that China decided to release from hydropower dams, irrigation experts said that most of the flow will be blocked before it runs to Vietnam.

Agriculture Ministry asks for international help to combat drought

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said nearly 300,000 households lost their income in recent months or were affected by drought and saltwater intrusion, the worst in the Mekong Delta in the last 100 years.

11 provinces announce drought, saltwater intrusion emergency

 A total of 11 provinces in the Mekong Delta and Central Highland regions have announced an emergency state of drought and saline intrusion, reported Nhan dan newspaper.

Mekong Delta deals with natural disasters, new hydropower dams

This year’s historic drought and saltwater intrusion have been mostly caused by the extreme El Nino weather phenomenon. If the 11 hydropower dams in Mekong upriver become operational, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta will bear a ‘double disaster’.

Salt-water attacks Can Tho for the first time

 VietNamNet Bridge - Nearly 100 km away from estuary, Can Tho – the largest city in the Mekong Delta – is still affected by salty water as saline intrusion is the worst in decades in Vietnam’s southwestern region.

Vietnam takes urgent action to rescue Mekong River Delta

Environmentalists and economists have recommended that Vietnam not only call for support from the governments of countries up the Mekong River, but also take action to rescue the delta. 

US$1.5 billion needed for drought and salinity controls

 Vietnam will need VND34 trillion (US$1.5 billion) to deal with the heavy damage caused by drought and saltwater intrusion, according to the Department of Crop Production.  

HCM City considers building reservoirs to store fresh water

VietNamNet Bridge - Experts have suggested building water reservoirs in Cu Chi district in the suburbs of HCMC for fear that the city may not have enough water for daily use and irrigation in the dry season.

Eight provinces in Vietnam declared as natural disaster areas

VietNamNet Bridge – The eight provinces in the southern region of Vietnam, including Ben Tre, Kien Giang, Long An, Tien Giang, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Vinh Long, and Tra Vinh have been declared areas faced with natural disaster (drought and salinity).

Central region still lacks water as reservoirs are depleted

VietNamNet Bridge - Most of the hydropower dams in the southern part of the central region and Central Highlands are depleted. 

Experts seek solutions to Mekong Delta's worst drought in 100 years

 VietNamNet Bridge - In the future, the Mekong Delta will suffer increasingly severe impact from climate change. Drought, saltwater intrusion, lack of sediment and severe flooding in the rainy season will all occur, scientists said.

PM: fighting saltwater intrusion – key political task

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung requested fighting saltwater intrusion as a key political task during a conference in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on March 7. 

Vietnam farmers cry about dry fields

 VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of hectares of rice fields in the southern region of Vietnam have been damaged by saltwater intrusion and the most severe drought in 100 years. Farmers are crying about their huge losses, caused by natural disasters.

Water shortages affect land, residents, businesses

VietNamNet Bridge - The saltwater intrusion and widespread drought have left millions of people of the south, central region and the Central Highlands in danger because of serious water shortages.

More severe drought forecast this year in VN

 VietNamNet Bridge – The water shortage, drought and salt intrusion in the central region and the Central Highlands provinces this year is forecast to be more severe than last year.

El Nino projected to cause water shortage in HCM City

 The El Nino phenomenon in 2016 will cause freshwater shortage in HCM City and other southern areas, the National Hydro-Meteorological Service has said.