Provinces in the Mekong Delta are taking prompt actions to help local residents adapt to drought and saltwater intrusion during the dry season. Xuan Hoa Sluice in Tien Giang Province’s Cho Gao District. Every year, severe saltwater intrusion occurs in Tien Giang Province’s Tan Phu Dong District, which is located at the lower section of Tien River and between the river mouths of Tieu and Dai, according to Nguyen Quoc Khanh, chairman of the district People’s Committee. The province has allocated more than VND26 billion (US$1.1 million) for irrigation systems to protect production and the life of local residents. The capital is being used to dredge a total of 3,000 metres of eight canals that will be used to store fresh water, and build three new sluices that will prevent saltwater intrusion in Tan Thoi and Phu Dong communes. It is also being used to upgrade three embankments to protect nearly 5,560 hectares of land for production, including 2,950 hectares of coconuts and more than 1,250 hectares of fruit, among others. District authorities have urged farmers to use methods that adapt to climate change and to expand areas for vegetable cultivation in paddy fields so that water can be saved…. Read full this story
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