Vietnam is forecast to face quite a few serious drought times in 2011, especially during the dry season from December, 2010 to April, the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre has warned.
File photo shows a drought paddy field in the Mekong Delta
Water level in the Red River may take the record low of just 0.1 metre in 2010, said the centre.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat on November 25 instructed related departments to take precautions against droughts as well as ensure enough water for spring-winter crop in three areas, including northern, southeast and Mekong Delta regions.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the rain season was over in the three areas, however, rainfall just reached from 62% - 85% in this year.
The ministry asked locals nationwide to not release water to catch fishes. Mekong Delta provinces need to build dam to prevent sea water intrusion, said the ministry.