PM Nguyen Tan Dung had a working session on March
7 in Can Tho city with local leaders of Mekong Delta
provinces to seek measures against saline intrusion.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung chairs a working
session on saline intrusion prevention, Can Tho city, March 7, 2016 - Photo:
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat
reported that since 2014, El Nino has led to higher
temperatures, lack of
rains, prolonged droughts, and severe saline
intrusion in the region. Droughts and saline intrusion have caused
serious impacts onproduction and people life.
The South Central Coast, the Central Highlands Region, and
the Mekong Delta are the hardest hit by saltwater intrusion. El
Nino was forecast to last until mid-2016 and became the longest of this
kind in Viet Nam.
According to a report of the MARD, saline
intrusion may prolong until early June, 2016. Since March, fresh water
will not be available or little in areas 30 to 45 km
from sea. In addition, there is no chance to find fresh water in river mouth.
Salinity concentration of
4g/l will intrude 45-65 km further inland and cause
many difficulties for production and people life.
Areas 70-75 km from sea would face with floods and
less than 4g/l salinity concentration.
A series of irrigation works such as Quan Lo-Phung
Hiep, Long Xuyen Quadrangular Region, O Mon-Xa No, and Go Cong were
built, serving to control saltwater intrusion.
However, nine out of 13 provinces and cities are seriously
suffered from saline intrusion with over 70% of paddy cultivation
land damaged and Ca Mau and Kien Giang losing 85,000
hectares of paddy./.