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Hundreds rush to save 1,000ha of rice paddies following downpours in Vietnam’s Central Highlands

Monday, August 12, 2019, 17:55 GMT+7
Hundreds rush to save 1,000ha of rice paddies following downpours in Vietnam’s Central Highlands
Residents fortify an embankment in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak on August 12, 2019 to prevent water from flooding local paddy fields. Photo: Trung Tan / Tuoi Tre

Nearly all adult members of a village in Vietnam’s Central Highlands have been working relentlessly over the past days to save more than 1,000 hectares of rice paddies from being flooded following recent downpours.

As of Monday morning, hundreds of men and women in Quamg Dien Commune, Krong Ana District, located in Dak Lak Province, were still exerting their best efforts to fortify a local embankment.

According to local authorities, previous downpours have caused water levels in the Me River to rise rapidly since August 8.

The existing dam is not strong enough to prevent water from pouring into the paddy fields of local farmers.

Water from the Me River flows into a paddy field in Quamg Dien Commune, Krong Ana District.

Water from the Me River flows into a paddy field in Quamg Dien Commune, Krong Ana District.

Quang Dien Commune currently has about 1,500 hectares of rice paddies, to be ripe in about ten days, said Le Tan Thinh, chief of the commune’s police unit.

About 500 hectares has already been flooded, Thinh continued, adding that local farmers will suffer heavy losses if the rest of their crops are inundated, too.

Soil is dug up and put into separate bags in order to strengthen the dam.

Soil is dug up and put in separate bags in order to strengthen the dam.

Multiple excavators and hundreds of people have been mobilized to save the paddy fields.

Pumps have also been employed to remove floodwater from the fields.

“We have been working around the clock over the past three days to strengthen eight kilometers of embankment,” the police official stated.

The bags of soil are loaded into a vehicle.

The bags of soil are loaded onto a vehicle.

Bags of soil are used to cement the embankment.

Bags of soil are used to reinforce the embankment.

Women in the commune also join the effort.

Women in the commune also join the effort.

Bags of soil are used to cement the embankment.

Bags of soil are used to reinforce the embankment.

Bags of soil are used to cement the embankment.

Bags of soil are used to reinforce the embankment.

A man dives into the floodwater to fix the dam.

A man dives into floodwater to fix the dam.

A pump removes water from the paddy field.

A pump is used to remove water from the paddy field.

People take a break in between shifts.

Villagers take a break.

Residents express their joy as their hard work is paying off.

Residents express their joy as their hard work is paying off.

A section of a paddy field is saved from being inundated.

A section of a paddy field is saved from being inundated.

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