To prevent salt water from further penetrating inland, local authorities have closed sewers depleting many canals in fields. In Long Phu District of Soc Trang Province, thousands of rice area have been seriously short of water. Over 3,500 hectares will die without water in the next 10-15 days.
The agricultural agency in Long Phu District said that high salinity measuring from 3.7‰ to 3.8‰ makes it unable to open sewer gates for water to flow in. Meantime, northeast moonsoon has been getting stronger so it is forecast that drought and salt intrusion will be worse and reach its peak after the Tet holiday.
Depleted canals along with high salinity has forced the water treatment plant in Soc Trang to temporarily stop operation, putting many households in the danger of water shortage.
Cacked rice fields in Long Phu District, Soc Trang Province (Photo: SGGP)
Canals in fields have been depleted (Photo: SGGP)
26 year old Thach Sol said that his wife and he must go to Binh Duong Province to work for a living because they had spent all of their savings on over one hectare of rice and suffered dead loss because of drought (Photo: SGGP)
41 year old Thach Tien by his withering rice field in Long Phu District, Soc Trang (Photo: SGGP)