Vietnam delta coast drying up

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Dry weather has swept salinization across inland farms in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang.

The 50km Cai Lon channel, which connects Bac Lieu and Ca Mau Provinces to Kien Giang’s An Bien, An Minh, Vinh Thuan and U Minh Thuong Districts, has been salinized for nearly two months. The condition is going to get worse, authorities said.

Nearly half of the area in Kien Giang’s coastal city of Rach Gia and the popular beach town Ha Tien have also been salinized.

High tides in the past week have furthered the salinization.

The average salt level in the province has reached 1.3 percent. It was 1.5 percent in several areas, 0.3 percent higher than last year. Water resources for cultivation have been badly damaged.

Kien Giang rice farmers planted 275,000 hectares for the winter-spring crop and only 20,000 hectares have been harvested, leaving the rest threatened by the salinization.

The province has stored fresh water for most of the rest area but 5,000 hectares planted late and near shrimp farms are forecast to be lost.

Source: VNA

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