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Vietnam’s Central Highlands district struck by prolonged drought amidst rainy season

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 16:33 GMT+7
Vietnam’s Central Highlands district struck by prolonged drought amidst rainy season
A paddy filed in M’Drak District, Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, is deprived of water. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

More than 1,000 hectares of crops in a district of Dak Lak Province, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, has been affected by prolonged drought even though multiple other localities were hit by severe rain-caused flooding.

It has not rained in M’Drak District since May, said Nguyen The Thap, head of the district’s Office of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Even when the province was hit by a massive rainfall brought about by a tropical depression in early August, the weather was still sunny in M’Drak, Thap continued.

A paddy field has dried out due to the drought. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A paddy field has dried out due to the drought. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

According to Thap, over 1,000 hectares of rice paddy in M’Drak have withered, while a large volume of other crops such as corn, cassava, and beans is also suffering from serious water deprivation.

“The drought has left me empty-handed,” said Phan Thi Thanh, who has lost all of her rice paddy.

A farmer removes dead crops from his paddy field. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A farmer removes dead crops from his paddy field. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Pham Van Hoa and his family members have been pumping water from a local reservoir to his farm, in order to save what is left of his paddy field.

Hoa, however, is still uncertain about the fate of his crops as the reservoir is drying out due to the absence of rain.

A farmer removes dead crops from his paddy field. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A farmer removes dead crops from his paddy field. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

M’Drak District has a total of 63 irrigation projects, Thap elaborated, adding that the hot and dry weather has caused the water in local reservoirs to quickly evaporate.

Local authorities have taken all possible measures to help farmers save their remaining crops and plants, the official stated.

A man waters what is left of his crops. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A man waters what is left of his crops. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

In contrast to the torrid situation in M’Drak, other localities in Dak Lak including Ia Lop, Ia R’ve, Ia Loi, and Ea Rok Communes in Ea Sup District were hit by prolonged downpours on August 7.

As of Thursday, a total of 30,000 households in these localities have remained unreachable due to flooding.

Similarly, torrential rain and inundation also impacted Buon Don District, Cu M’gar District, and Buon Ma Thuot City during this period.

A reservoir in M’Drak District runs out of water. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A reservoir in M’Drak District runs out of water. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A reservoir in M’Drak District runs out of water. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A reservoir in M’Drak District runs out of water. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A local resident pumps water from a reservoir to his farm. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A local resident pumps water from a reservoir to his farm. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A local resident pumps water from a reservoir to his farm. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

A local resident pumps water from a reservoir to his farm. Photo: L.Dan / Tuoi Tre

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