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Dong Nai (VNS) – More than 32,000 large trees have died due to the prolonged drought and hot weather in the protected forest of Xuan Loc in southern Dong Nai Province, according to the Xuan Loc protective forest management board director Hoang Dinh Long.
"It is the first time, the area has been faced with this situation," said Long.
"We have no choice but hope for rain to come soon because many efforts in drought prevention and bringing water from reservoirs has had no effect," added Long.
The Dong Nai Provincial Agriculture and Rural Development director Hoang Minh Dao said that severe weather has had a serious impact on agricultural production and people's lives in the province.
The province has asked local authorities to strengthen forest inspections and supervision in efforts to combat the drought. It also warned farmers abstain from sowing after some partial rains as the drought season hasn't finished yet. – VNS