Mekong Delta takes measures to cope with saltwater intrusion

Saltwater intrusion has occurred on a large scale in the Mekong Delta, forcing local authorities to take measures to protect agricultural production and ensure water supply for household use, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Saltwater intrusion has affected many provinces like Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Trà Vinh, Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Kiên Giang and Cà Mau.

Salinity rates of four parts per thousand (PPT) have been recorded 40-70 kilometres upstream from the coast, 10-15 km further inland than usual during the dry season.

Some 82,000 households in the delta, mostly in Tiền Giang, Bến Tre, Sóc Trăng, Kiên Giang and Cà Mau, face a water shortage.

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