Mekong Delta braces for drought, salt intrusion

Learning it the hard way from last year’s drought and salinity, Mekong Delta farmers have been preparing their crops for the worst.

Early March, Huynh Huu Loc, 62, comes to check the water level in canals around his family’s durian farm, which stretches 1,000 hectares (2,470 acres) on the islet of Ngu Hiep in the eponymous commune of Cai Lay District, Tien Giang Province.

Under the scorching sun of southern Vietnam’s dry season, the canals of two meter wide each are filled with water of one meter deep, running in between lines of durian, which is often dubbed Vietnam’s king of fruit for its special and possibly addictive taste.

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Hoang Nam