Vietnam province declares state of emergency over drought

April 07, 2024

Thousands of people in Vietnam are suffering a "severe" shortage of fresh water because of drought and salinisation, prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. A weeks-long heatwave has brought drought and saline intrusion to an area of Tien Giang province, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of business hub Ho Chi Minh City. The province's Tan Phu Dong area -- with 12 kilometers of coastline along the East Vietnam Sea, crisscrossed by waterways -- has been particularly badly hit. Relevant agencies have been asked "to transport fresh water to ponds and reservoirs in the district to maintain fresh water supply to people there," the report said. During this dry season, prolonged drought and deeper saline intrusion in the upper Tien river have surrounded communities with salty water.

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News

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