| The garden's staff carry out fire fighting manoeuvre to deal with the drought and the fire risk. Photo source from Thanhniennews.com
BAC LIEU (VNS)– The fire risk at Bac Lieu Bird Garden has been raised to the highest level and the reserve closed to visitors due to the prolonged drought in the southern province.
Garden director Nguyen Trung Chanh said the Level 5 fire risk resulted from an average temperature in recent days of 37C, which had caused the garden's trees to dry out.
A water shortage had compounded the situation, he said.
The 25 garden staff would continue to maintain 24 hours surveillance, while the management board had mobilised 40 residents of neighbouring communes to be stand by in case of fire.
The 130ha national bird garden is home to more than 60,000 birds of over 100 species, including many listed in Viet Nam's Red Book.
There are 150 species of animals and 109 species of plants in the park, making it one of the country's most significant reserves. — VNS