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Saltwater intrusion in southern Vietnam might peak in April, May

Saltwater intrusion in southern Vietnam might peak in April, May

Monday, April 01, 2024, 16:22 GMT+7
Saltwater intrusion in southern Vietnam might peak in April, May
Residents in Tien Giang Province, southern Vietnam fill plastic containers with fresh water amid severe saltwater intrusion. Photo: Hoai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Saline intrusion in Vietnam’s southern region is forecast to be at its peak in April and May, exceeding the levels recorded in the same period last year, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

The average levels of saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta region during the period might be higher than those seen in the past, except for those reported in 2015-16 and 2019-20.

The center urged all localities in the region to take drastic action to fight the salinity intrusion.

Specifically, residents should amass fresh water for irrigation and their daily activities amid the increasing intrusion of salt water.

Associate Prof. Dr. Nguyen Phu Quynh, deputy head of the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that provinces and cities in the southwestern region should adopt various measures to manage fresh water to deal with the scarcity of water.

Coastal localities were advised to invest in water management infrastructure to block fresh water from flowing into the sea.

Residents should enhance the ‘living with saline intrusion’ approach by resorting to salty water to farm suitable crops.

The salinity in the local Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay Rivers are encroaching 75 - 90 kilometers, while the encroachment of the saltwater in the Cua Tieu and Cua Dai Rivers is up to 62 kilometers.

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Tieu Bac - Le Phan / Tuoi Tre News

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