Tuoi Tre News, 29 July 2015. Salt water increasingly attacks Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

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The Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s biggest granary, home to a widespread network of rivers and canals, has been threatened by the rising level of salt water flowing into rice fields and farms.

There have been warnings about such a situation for years, but authorities in Vietnam have failed to work out measures to solve the issue.

Climate change has become more serious and its adverse impacts can be seen now in the region, not just in forecasts as before.

Many areas have no fresh water, and saline water has increased amid the rainy season. Other areas have experienced land subsidence along the banks of rivers.

During this month, which is part of the rainy season, many areas in the Mekong Delta have been ravaged by an increase of salt water in rivers and canals. More importantly, the areas had not been through such a situation for decades…

Fruit trees have withered and aquaculture has been badly affected by the presence of saline water…

“Several days ago, aquatic plants floating along the river’s surface were faded. Now all my fish are suddenly dead,” he complained.

“We can treat it if a fish dies from diseases, but we give up when it’s gone because of water like this.

“It cost me VND160 million [US$7,400] to buy the young fish. They were to be harvested next month.”

Around 70 households raising fish in Hung Phu have suffered great damage caused by salt water.

In addition, 700 hectares of fruit gardens along the Quan Lo – Phung Hiep River have been badly affected, as locals cannot use the water from the river for irrigation…

Farmers have fled from their rice fields to find other jobs in carpentry, sales, and others in cities…

 

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