Drought threatens farming crops in Central Highlands

The Central Highlands is experiencing a drought depleting several irrigation reservoirs.

A depleted section on Srepok River in the Central Highlands (Photo: SGGP)

Thousands of hectares of crops are in danger of drying out. The Lam Dong Province has already lost many small and medium reservoirs.

About 6,530 hectares of coffee plants are suffering from severe water shortage in Di Linh and Bao Lam Districts.
 
Over 1,000 hectares of rice fields are experiencing the same in Cat Tien, Da Teh, Di Linh and Dam Rong District. Di Linh is one of the worst hit districts with 50 hectares of fields lost.

 
Buon Kuop hydropower plant dam runs out of water in Dak Nong Province (Photo: SGGP)

Prolonged drought has also affected 30,000 hectares of plants in Dak Lak Province. Of these, 2,400 hectares of rice and coffee plants have withered.

Many reservoirs, rivers and springs are experiencing dangerously low levels in Krong Nang, Cu M’gar, Krong Pak, Krong Ana, Ea Kar District and Buon Ho town.

Dak Lak Province has set up a steering committee to deal with the drought, said Mai Trong Dung, deputy head of the Dak Lak Irrigation Department. Local authorities are spending to help farmers pump water from rivers to save rice and coffee fields. The province People’s Committee has asked VND 140 billion from the central government to tackle the issue. 

Cau Treo tourist site is badly affected by drought in Dak Lak Province (Photo: SGGP)

Reservoir levels at Buon Tua Sar, Buon Kuop and Srepok 3 hydropower plants have also fallen dangerously low, said Nguyen Tan Triet, deputy director of the Buon Kuop Hydropower Company.

Buon Tua Sar is located in the upper reaches of Srepok River with capacity of 500 million cubic meters of water. If there is no rain in the next month, it will be depleted and will affect other reservoirs in the river.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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