Provincial authorities in Vietnam's Mekong Delta are going to great lengths in order to mitigate the damage for local farmers during this year's saltwater intrusion season. Saline intrusion may encroach further on the inland waterways of the Mekong Delta and reach its peak between February 25 and March 4, the Southern Institute of Water Resources Research anticipated. By mid-February, many canals in Phu Vinh Commune of An Giang Province – the gateway to the Mekong River in Vietnam – had been almost depleted, which troubled the irrigation plans of local farmers. As witnessed by your correspondent, the Vinh An Canal in An Giang, a 12-kilometer-long flow that supplies water to local farming, has dried up to its bed in various sections. The canal used to be filled to its brim, which made it easy for farmers to water their crop, according to Le Thanh Tung, deputy chairman of the Phu Vinh Commue People's Committee. However, irrigation was much more time-consuming and costlier after the water source was depleted. Water levels in local canals will stay low as the Mekong River flow might fall 10-20 percent in the dry season of this year against previous years, according to Luu Van Ninh, director of the An Giang Hydrology and… Read full this story
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