Environment
Severe drought continues hitting central region
  • | dtinews.vn, TP | July 22, 2020 09:50 AM
More than 10,000 people in a mountainous district in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have been in dire need of drinking water for months due to long drought.

Le Thanh Ho, vice-chairman of Nam Dong District, said that it is common to see the water shortage in many local areas this summer, particularly the communes of Thuong Long, Thuong Quang, Thuong Nhat, Huong Huu and Huong Xuan.

These five communes have nearly 3,000 households with a total 10,000 people who have been struggling with the water shortages for many months. They have had to take cans of unsafe water from streams and wells to use.

 

  

They have had to take cans of unsafe water from streams and wells to use

Nguyen Van Xom from Huong Huu Commune said that he has to get up early to take water from a stream which is quite far from his house. This is the place to provide water for around 80 households with 350 people in his village. However, if the drought remains, the stream will be dry soon.

Every early morning or late afternoon, people from Huong Huu and Thuong Long communes often rush to streams to pick up water or take a bath.

Despite being unhygienic, local residents have no option.

Ho noted that many schools in the locality had to buy water bottles to cook meals. If the situation does not improve, schools would face difficulties when their students return after the summer vacation.

In 2018, the provincial people’s committee approved the construction of Thuong Long water supply plant for the five mentioned-above communes with a total investment of VND50 billion (USD2.17 million). The site clearance has been completed and the project is scheduled to be started in August.

The same problem has been occurring in Nghe An Province where a large area of rice has become dry due to the water scarcity.

Since early June, the drought has affected over 8,000 hectares of rice in Nghe An, including 2,000 hectares being dead.

Nghe An has 1,061 irrigation reservoirs which, however, can ensure the water supply for 55% of the province’s farming area only, while the remaining depends on natural conditions. At present, many among the reservoirs have become dry.

The scorching hot weather has been forecasted to continue ravaging the central region in days to come.

  

  

The crops affected by the drought

 
Provincial authorities have urged hydropower plants to discharge water to save crops.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that close to 55,000 hectares of crops in the central region are lacking water.

A total of 8,200 hectares has been narrowed or switched to other crops, while the figure is 25,300 ha in the south-central region.The scorching hot weather has been forecasted to continue ravaging the central region in days to come.

Provincial authorities have urged hydropower plants to discharge water to save crops.

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