|A farmer in Long An Province harvests his summer-autumn rice crop early because of rising floodwaters. – Photo sggp.org.vn|Viet Nam News
MEKONG — Farmers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta are harvesting their summer-autumn rice crop earlier than usual because of earlier than usual flooding.
Floodwaters in upstream provinces such as Đồng Tháp and An Giang are expected to rise rapidly in the coming days.
Around 3,500 ha of summer-autumn rice crop has been destroyed in Long An Province’s Tân Hưng District, according to the district’s Office of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Farmers in the province have harvested around 22,000 ha out of 56,900 ha of rice, with the rest to be harvested by the month’s end. But around 8,000 ha of rice could be damaged by floods.
In An Giang Province, about 610 ha of rice were destroyed by floods.
Khương Lê Bình, director of Đồng Tháp Province’s Hydro-meteorological Station, said the floodwaters were rising about 10cm each day.
Authorities of delta provinces have asked districts and wards to develop plans to protect people and property from rising floodwaters. — VNS