Ministry to allocate VND4bn to fight drought in the Mekong Delta
  • | laodong, dtinews.vn | April 02, 2020 05:12 PM
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will allocate VND4bn (USD170,000) to five provinces in the Mekong Delta in order to fight drought and saline intrusion.


The Mekong Delta suffers from drought and saline intrusion

Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Kien Giang and Ca Mau provinces will be given VND800m (USD33,800) each via the Vietnam Environment Protection Fund.

The ministry reported to the prime minister about the drought and saline intrusion situation and solutions on April 1. Drought has ravaged many provinces in Vietnam from north to south but the Mekong Delta has been the hardest-hit. The rainfall and volume of water from upstream dropped sharply last December, much earlier and more severely than previous years.

Drought and saline intrusion problem will continue to develop persistently in the Mekong Delta. It is also forecasted that water shortages will occur more frequently due to rising demand and the impact of climate change.

In order to ensure that there will be enough water for the residents, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has asked local authorities to search for underground water sources and use the given data to make plans for the most vulnerable places.

The director of the National Centre for Water Resources Planning and Investigation will lead a team that will assist provincial and city authorities with human resources and technology to search for new water sources.

Provincial and city authorities were asked to review and submit a list of residential areas that are suffering the most from drought and saline intrusion so that the ministry can send water tanks to those areas.

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