|Heavy rain helps water the crops and aids in shrimp farming in southern Kiên Giang Province that has suffered from drought and salt water intrusion for months. – VNA/VNS Photo Chanh Đa |Viet Nam News
KIÊN GIANG (VNS) — The heavy rain that began yesterday afternoon and continued until this morning has brought some relief to southern Kiên Giang Province, creating better conditions for crops and shrimp farming.
The rain helped water more than 125,500ha of summer-autumn rice crop across the province.
In particular, the province’s three key rice-growing areas - U Minh Thượng, Long Xuyên Quadrilateral Region and the western part of Hậu River - received sufficient water, enabling farmers to start working on the soil to sow new crop.
The rain also helped reduce salinity of water in the shrimp farms, saving more than 102,000ha of area. Increased water levels in the local rivers and canals not only revive fish and other marine creatures used in aquaculture, but also reduce the risk of fire in the U Minh Thượng Forest and the Long Xuyên Quadrilateral Region.
In the middle of March and early last month, two unusual heavy downpours in the province were called the “golden rain” for the area that has suffered from drought and little rainfall for months.
According to the southern weather forecaster, the monsoon will begin next month. The heavy rain in Kiên Giang Province in April was an unusual phenomenon. — VNS