Saltwater intrusion hits Mekong Delta

Saltwater has intruded into many coastal areas in the Mekong Delta, causing a shortage of water for households and agricultural production.
Saltwater has entered up to 50km deep inland into canals in rice fields in Bến Tre. In Ba Tri District, the salt content rate of water in canals in rice fields has reached 0.1 – 0.15 per cent and could affect 11,000ha of winter–spring rice in the district. In Hậu Giang Province, about 40,000 to 50,000ha of winter – spring rice and summer – autumn rice will be hit by saltwater intrusion, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Earlier this year, authorities in the delta, which includes 12 provinces and Cần Thơ City, took many measures to prevent saltwater intrusion and drought in the dry season.  The provinces have built temporary dams to prevent saltwater intrusion and dredged canals to have water for agricultural production. They have also encouraged farmers in saltwater affected areas to switch to other crops.