Mekong Delta losses VND 4,729 bln because of drought & saltwater influx

The long- lasting drought and saltwater influx hitting provinces of the Mekong Delta has seriously affected the local residents' production and life, reported the Steering Committee of west-southern region on June 21.

Rice crops are destroyed by drought & saltwater influx. (Photo:SGGP)

Saltwater intrusion and drought destroyed over 221, 000 hectares of rice, 6, 568 hectares of vegetable crops and 26, 500 hectares of fruit and industrial tree. 

Around 225, 800 families living in the provinces of the Mekong Delta faced to prolonged water shortage due to effect of the saltwater influx; especially 86, 000 families in Ben Tre, 43, 000 households in Soc Trang and 25, 000 families in Kien Giang. Total damage in the provinces is estimated around VND 4, 729 billion.

Recently, the provinces of the Mekong Delta started sowing summer-autumn rice crop, planting new vegetable crops, letting out shrimp in territorial waters of Tra Vinh, Ca Mau and Kien Giang.

By Nguyen Thanh- Translated by Huyen Huong

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