Severe drought hits southern, central regions

A severe drought is continuing throughout the southern, central, and central highlands with precipitation falling 50-90 percent compared to previous years.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development warns 22 provinces of forest fire due to hot and dry weather (Photo: SGGP)

This drought has persisted since December 2013, according to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center on March 13.

It has caused low river levels which deepen penetration of saltwater in Thanh Hoa, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Dak Lak, and Dak Nong Provinces.

Hydropower reservoir levels have been up to four meters lower than normal level in the central and central highlands regions. The lowest water levels were in Song Tranh 2 and Buon Tua Srah reservoirs which were found up to 11 meters below the normal level.

The dry season also caused a fire in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City at 10 a.m. on March 13. Tens of hectares of forest had been burnt down before the fire was controlled at 2 p.m.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent a dispatch warning the 22 most vulnerable provinces and cities of forest fire due to long lasting hot and dry weather.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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