Floods inundate rice crops in Mekong Delta

Persistent rainfall in Kien Giang Province of the Mekong delta in the last few days combined with high tide has inundated hundreds of hectares of summer-winter rice crops.

Farmers harvest rice in midst of rising floodwaters in the Mekong Delta (Photo: SGGP)

According to the Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, flood levels will continue to surge by 3-4cm a day in the next few days in the Dong Thap Muoi area which stretches across the three provinces of Long An, Tien Giang and Dong Thap Province as well as in the Long Xuyen Quadrangular spread over the three provinces of Kien Giang, An Giang and Can Tho.

Tha La and Tra Su reservoirs will be releasing floodwaters on September 15, which will further increase the flood levels in the Long Xuyen Quadrangular.

An Giang and Dong Thap Provinces have instructed their districts lying in the upper reaches and low-lying areas to fortify their dyke and sluice systems to protect rice crops and fish farms. They have also asked residents to be relocated to safer areas.

Most districts of Ca Mau Province have seen torrential rainfall and strong winds for the last three consecutive days. Many streets in Ca Mau City were submerged under floodwater on September 11.

On the other hand, the rains have helped by providing water for over 20,000 hectares of seafood farming areas and the rapidly rising waters have also benefitted the U Minh Ha mangrove forests in the province.

In related news, torrential rains with scattered thunderstorms have prolonged for the last two days in the northern central province of Nghe An, raising the floodwater levels in many rivers. Traffic has been affected with several main roads being submerged, resulting in severe traffic congestion.

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center said that since September 9-11, torrential rains lashed provinces between Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh.

Rainfall measured at 100-250mm and almost 622mm and 479mm in Tinh Gia District of Thanh Hoa Province and Huong Khe District of Ha Tinh respectively.

River levels are rising in the region, measuring 22.29m and 6.72m at Dua and Nam Dan stations on the Ca River in Thanh Hoa and Ha Tinh Province.

River levels are predicted to reach 22.5m and 6.9m at the Dua and Nam Dan Station by September 12.

The centre warns of landslides in the mountainous regions and more flooding in the plains from Thanh Hoa to Nghe An Province.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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