Saigoneer

Back Stories » Vietnam » After Heatwaves and Wildfires, Central Vietnam Faces Historic Saltwater Intrusion

After Heatwaves and Wildfires, Central Vietnam Faces Historic Saltwater Intrusion

Heatwaves and droughts have resulted in worrisome salt levels in freshwater supplies that is seriously impacting agriculture and tourism sectors.

Salt levels are reaching 12 to 13 times the normal limits in some areas of central provinces such as Quang Nam, according to Tuoi Tre. In light of inadequate infrastructure and failed pumps, farmers are forced to make their own embankments to protect rice paddies from the harmful mineral. Agricultural output has dropped in response. The issue persists from last year when most of the region's small- and medium-sized reservoirs dried up, though this year it's said to be the worst instance of saltwater intrusion in the past decade.

The saltwater intrusion is also affecting daily life and tourism in places such as Hoi An with wells running dry. The chairman of Hoi An's Cam Thanh Commune in Hoi An explained that 70% of residents are experiencing a shortage of freshwater and many homestays have been forced to close. Residents are forced to travel distances to purchase freshwater.

Areas in the Mekong Delta are suffering a similar problem with similar causes. A lack of rainfall is forcing residents in the fertile region to purchase water and construct water-storage devices. Water prices are rising and yet, as one local farmer explained: "Some areas are far away from provincial centers and inaccessible by trucks, so people there may not have water to use despite having money."

Farmers are being recommended to switch to salt-resistant strains of rice as well as other crops such as watermelon, squash and gourds as well as cultivating shrimps. Additional dams and irrigation methods are also underway. 

Photo via Unicef]


Related Articles:

In 10 Years, Da Lat Might Run out of Clean Water Due to Pollution

As Drought Continues, Mekong Climate Refugees Leave Home

Vietnam's New Love for Crayfish Might Lead to Ecological Disaster


Related Articles

in Vietnam

$14 Million Approved For Restoration Of Hanoi’s 112-Year-Old Long Biên Bridge

The fate of one of Vietnam’s most beloved and storied structures took another positive turn last week when the government approved a $14 million restoration package for Long Biên Bridge.

in Vietnam

'Amazing Race Vietnam' Apologizes for Challenge Harming Coral Reef

An underwater challenge during this year’s installment of The Amazing Race Vietnam is not sitting well with environmentalists.

in Vietnam

1.1m People Have Left the Mekong Delta in the Past Decade, Report Says

The impacts of climate change, hydroelectric plants, and a faltering economy have resulted in an exodus of people from the Mekong Delta.

in Vietnam

104-Year-Old Great-Great Grandmother Fights Off Robber

Taking advantage of the elderly will inevitably result in some bad karma, a lesson a Dong Nai man quickly learned after attempting to rob Vo Thi Bai, a 104-year-old woman.

in Vietnam

116-Year-Old Recognized As Vietnam's Oldest Man

The Vietnam Record Organization (VRO) has recognized 116-tear-old Y'N Dong of Đắk Nông Province as the country’s oldest man, reports Vietnam Net.

in Vietnam

12 Dead, 41 Injured After Illegal Bus Falls Into Gorge Near Sapa

12 people have been reported killed and 41 injured in a bus accident in the hills of Northern Vietnam’s Lao Cai province, reports VN Express.

Partner Content