Mekong Delta struggles to find freshwater as drought, salt intrusion continue

By Hoang Nam   March 22, 2020 | 02:39 pm GMT+7 VNExpress

People in Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces are relying on freshwater supplied by trucks since salt intrusion in rivers has made tap water unpotable.

In the Mekong Deltas Ben Tre Province, drought and salination have rendered channels and canals barren, while water supply has run out and tap water sources are salinized. Thousands are lacking freshwater and have to buy it at VND100,000-300,000 ($4.3-12.9) per cubic meter. Some individuals and businesses as of late have tried to alleviate the situation by providing people with freshwater sources free of charge.A chaland, which carries 1,200 cubic meters of freshwater, by a business in southern Binh Duong Province was transported to a park in Ben Tres Ward 7 to provide free freshwater to two reservoirs there from March 15 to March 16.

In Ben Tre, like much of the rest of the Mekong Delta, drought and saltwater have rendered rivers and canals barren or too salty. Thousands of people lack water as a result and have to buy it for VND100,000-300,000 ($4.26-12.78) per cubic meter. Some individuals and businesses are pitching in and providing water to people free of charge.Đọc tiếp trên CVD >>

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