|Farmers in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap reinforce embankments to protect their autumn-winter rice crops from rising flood waters. — VNS Photo/Hoang Vu.
CUU LONG DELTA (VNS)— Water levels have risen rapidly in the upper Cuu Long (Mekong) provinces of An Giang and Dong Thap, threatening the autumn-winter rice crop and aquaculture farms.
Water levels on the rivers in Dong Thap's Hong Ngu District have risen 10cm to 20cm each day. Section of roads and residential areas in the communes of Thuong Phuoc, Thuong Thoi Hau A and Long Thuan were seriously damaged.
The rising water has also threatened 2,600ha of autumn-winter rice crop in Thuong Phuoc A and Thuong Thoi Tien communes, as well as vegetable fields and fish breeding ponds in Long Phu Thuan Island Commune.
The Dong Thap provincial authority has sent aquaculture officials to six communes that have 527ha of shrimp ponds in Hong Ngu to reinforce sections of embankments threatened by the rising flood waters.
Nguyen Van Trai, head of Tan Cuong Coop in Tam Nong District's Phu Cuong Commune, said that sewers along the embankments had been closed.
"All members of the coop's management board have been sent to communes to pump water out of an area where 400ha of the autumn-winter rice crop in the district are being grown," Trai told Viet Nam News.
Doan Tri Vung, deputy director of Dong Thap Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said farmers had harvested over 100,000ha of the 133,000ha under the autumn-winter rice crop in the province, adding that 1,000ha of the rice crop had been destroyed by rains and floods.
Vung said Dong Thap provincial authority has urged farmers to speed up the harvesting of autumn-winter rice and other crops and strengthen the embankments.
Vo Thanh, director of An Giang Hydro-Meteorological Centre, said flood waters in the provinces on the upper section of the Mekong River in Viet Nam might reach peak levels on October 8 and 9.
He said water levels on Tien (Anterior Mekong) River in An Giang Province's Tan Chau Commune could hit the highest warning level, number 3, which is slightly lower than 4.5 metres, before receding in mid-October.
Thanh also warned that a number of storms and low pressure fronts could occur again this year, affecting areas from the central to southern regions of Viet Nam.
Under such a situation, the Mekong Delta could encounter higher flood water levels caused by water flows discharged from reservoirs on the upper sections of the Mekong River.
Thanh said combined with showers and storms, flood water levels could exceed the third and highest warning level. — VNS