The People’s Committee of the southern province of Đồng Nai has called on relevant agencies and the public to take proactive measures to ward off a freshwater shortage as drought and saltwater intrusion in rivers cause an increasing shortage.
The central city has begun construction of a steel dam – the second of its kind – on the lower Cẩm Lệ River to reduce salinity and deal with serious water shortages in the dry season this year.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has called on provinces in the south central coastal and Central Highlands regions to take measures to minimise the impacts of drought on summer-autumn crops.
Farmers have been still struggling to maintain agricultural production during prolonged hot weather in the coastal central province of Ninh Thuận.
With the country overwhelmed by fear of the coronavirus, another even more severe threat is slowly approaching in the south: the death of the Mekong Delta.
The operation of hydropower dams must not have negative impacts on public security or production, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said.
Fresh water supplies are being transported from HCM City to Mekong Delta provinces that have been affected by severe saltwater intrusion during the dry season.