Mekong delta rivers rise up to warning level

Rivers in the Mekong delta continued to rise September 21, going above the second warning level and showing no signs of abating.

The An Giang Province Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center said the Tien River was flowing at 3.41 meters in Tan Chau and the Hau River at 4.37 m in Khanh An and 2.89 m in Chau Doc.

In the next five days the two rivers are forecast to rise by around 3 centimeters daily.

Some places in the provinces of Dong Thap and An Giang saw severe landslides that affected rice fields. Four hectares of land have been swept away in the four islet communes of Long Thuan, Long Khanh A, Phu Thuan A, and Phu Thuan B.

Fearing the historic Long Khanh temple will also be washed away by landslips, the Dong Thap administration decided to dismantle the temple whole and move it to a safer area.

The floodwaters submerged some parts of Ninh Kieu, Binh Thuy, and Cai Rang Districts in Can Tho city. Authorities shored up embankments to protect islets along the Hau River.

By B. Dai, P.Hau - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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