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Binh Dinh thirsts for potable water

Update: June, 04/2014 - 08:44

BINH DINH (VNS) — The prolonged hot weather has caused a severe shortage of fresh water for nearly 600 households in the central coastal Binh Dinh Province's Hoa Hoi Village since early this year.

Tran Thi Chanh, head of the village, said that because of insufficient rain and the prolonged hot weather since February, a majority of the local wells had run dry.

Tran Thi Gai, a local resident, said that her family's well had run dry despite being around 7 to 8 metres deep. Her family now has to buy water from another place, she said.

"We run a rest house and it costs about VND5 million or US$235 per month to buy water," she said.

Gai said that the high cost of buying water has affected her family's business activity.

The other households also buy water, with a cubic metre of water costing about VND75,000 or $3, including the cost of transporting it. Each household pays between VND1 million to VND4 million to buy water per month.

The same situation exists in the Nhon Hai Commune where the people had to contribute money for hiring men to dig 100 wells to irrigate 120 hectares of the summer-autumn rice crop.

In the meantime, hundreds of shrimp farmers in the two communes of Vinh Trach Dong and Hiep Thanh in the southern Bac Lieu Province have been facing water shortage in their 1,000 hectares of shrimp farms for several months.

As many as 11 irrigation canals, which used to provide water to the shrimp farms, suffered a high degree of sediment collection, making the farmers unable to get water for their shrimps.

According to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in the province, the authorities of the two communes did nothing to help the farmers.

The two communes' authorities claimed that they had not received any complaints from the local shrimp farmers. — VNS

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