Severe drought to hit Vietnam central highlands

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Vietnam’s central highlands will soon face the worst drought in years, the local hydrometeorology station has warned.

According to the Central Highlands Hydrometeorology Station, many major rivers in the region already face water levels 0.5 â€" 1.5 meters lower than previous years. March and April are set to be the worst months of the year as nary a drop of rain has fallen since the dry season began last month, said meteorologists.

Thousands of local families in the region covering the provinces of Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong are already suffering from a lack of water for production and daily life, the agency reported.

Experts attributed the harsh weather to the decreasing forests area, the over-exploitation and drying up of underground water and the fact that most of hydropower reservoirs were storing water, causing a shortage in the lowlands.

In the meantime, the Forest Protection Department at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development warned on Saturday that 18 localities nationwide were in danger of wildfires, including the southernmost province of Ca Mau, as the weather was dry in the north and hot in the south.

The Southern Hydrometeorology Station forecast that temperatures in the southern provinces would reach 32 â€" 37 Celsius degrees towards the end of this month.

A wildfire breaking out in the northern province of Lao Cai on February 8, destroying 1,700 hectares of forest in a weeklong blaze.

Source: Tuoi Tre

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