Central region struggles with water shortage, drought

Local authorities are struggling to cope with severe water shortage caused by long-lasting drought in the central province of Quang Nam and neighboring Da Nang City.

A farmer tills his field without irrigation water in Dien Ban District of Quang Nam Province (Photo: SGGP)

In Quang Nam Province, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has begun building a dam across Quang Hue River to hold back water of Vu Gia River that flows off to Thu Bon River.

On April 8, the People’s Committee of Da Nang City established a steering committee to oversee measures to deal with the present drought.

Huynh Van Thang, deputy director of Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Da Nang has asked the Government for VND12 billion (US$574,000) to assist in drought relief efforts.

Drought has parched 2,500 out of 3,010 hectares of rice fields in Da Nang City.

A Vuong and Dak Mi 4 Hydropower Plants in the upper reaches of Vu Gia River will release water for farm irrigation and domestic consumption from May 15-30.

However, low rainfall in the area has brought water levels to drop in reservoirs of these two plants, with levels at the A Vuong reservoir showing 21m lower than last year.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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