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Central region at risk from drought

Update: May, 03/2014 - 09:54

HA NOI (VNS)— The central region is likely to face a water shortage and even drought in May, and several months after that, with the National Centre for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting predicting lower than average rain for the same period.

However, the situation would not be as severe as last year and could improve in late August, the Centre's experts said.

They also warned of lower water levels in most regional rivers, resulting in the deep intrusion of sea water when the rains come later this year.

The region already suffered a water shortage in the first four months of this year, with rainfall levels dropping 50-90 per cent this year compared to the first three months of last year. The situation was especially serious in the southern central provinces of Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Central Highlands, where many areas saw no rain at all.

Meanwhile, water levels in reservoirs have reached only 60-70 per cent of their designed capacity.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked affected localities to preserve water in reservoirs and to dredge rivers, canals and wells to mitigate the impact of the drought and saline intrusion.

The ministry has also asked the Prime Minister to order agencies to help the localities affected by drought and saline intrusion. — VNS


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