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Water levels surge in upper Mekong

Update: August, 12/2014 - 09:19
On Sunday, the Tien River in An Giang Province's Tan Chau town was flowing at 3.65 m, 0.15 m above the Alarm No 1 level.— Photo thatsonchaudoc

HCM CITY (VNS) — Water levels in the upper section of the Mekong River have been rising quickly, breaching or close to alarm levels in some places, according to the National Hydrometeorological Forecast Centre.

On Sunday, the Tien River in An Giang Province's Tan Chau town was flowing at 3.65 m, 0.15 m above the Alarm No 1 level.

In the Hau River in An Giang Province's Chau Doc town, the water level was 2.8 m, just 0.2 m below Alarm No 1.

The centre has forecast the water level to continue rising in the coming days. On August 14 the level in Tan Chau will peak at 3.9 metres, just 0.1 m below Alarm No 2, and in Chau Doc it will rise to 3.1 m, 0.1 m above Alarm No 1.

Communes and districts along the riverhead in the provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap are focusing on reinforcing embankments to ensure safety of people and their autumn-winter rice crop.

The flood control committees in An Giang and Dong Thap have urged commune and district authorities to monitor rain and flood levels at the riverhead to make early forecasts and take necessary measures to minimise losses. — VNS

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