|Nearly 1,000 wells have dried up in Thanh Hóa Province due to climate change. — Photo baogiaothong.vn|Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — Climate change was to blame for falling water resources, causing low water levels in the Mã River in the central province of Thanh Hóa and affecting nearby wells.
This was announced by the provincial Agriculture and Rural Development Department after an investigation into why nearly 1,000 wells had dried up in Yên Thọ Commune in Yên Định District, Giao Thông (Transport) newspaper reported.
To deal with this situation, provincial and local authorities were using irrigation canals to supply water to households.
Local residents had been instructed to filter the water before use.
This was a temporary solution, authorities said, adding they were looking for a long term solution for the situation.
Yên Thọ Commune is home to about 4,400 people, the majority of whom are facing water shortages or using unsafe water sources.
In January, 450 households were reported to be without water, and that number increased to over 920 in March, said Hồ Xuân Bình, chairman of Yên Thọ Commune’s People’s Committee.
"This is an unusual phenomenon and has never happened before," Bình said. — VNS