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President addresses water shortage woes

Update: July, 13/2015 - 08:51
State President Truong Tan made a field trip to the Cam Ranh Reservoir in Cam Lam District, capable of supplying 22 million cubic metres of water to about 5,000 people in the district and the northern Cam Ranh peninsula. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

HA NOI (VNS) — State President Truong Tan Sang toured Khanh Hoa Province on Saturday to examine the impacts of water shortages in the locality over the past few months.

President Sang made a field trip to the Cam Ranh Reservoir in Cam Lam District, capable of supplying 22 million cubic metres of water to about 5,000 people in the district and the northern Cam Ranh peninsula.

Blistering heat waves have nearly dried up the reservoir, which is now down to 5 per cent of its capacity.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, many other local reservoirs were also in a similar situation.

The State leader urged provincial authorities to manage water reserves and undertake measures to ensure sufficient water supplies for daily life and production.

He said the province should switch to other crops and animals that were more suited to the severe conditions, and call for foreign investment to build large reservoirs to help resolve water shortages.

The same day, the President inspected the construction of the Gac Ma Memorial Statue in Cam Ranh City.

He hailed the symbolic meaning of the project dedicated to 64 naval soldiers killed in a battle to defend Gac Ma Island in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago 27 years ago. — VNS

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