Floods return Mekong delta earlier

The water level of the Mekong River in Thailand’s northeast province of Nong Khai rose to 1.8 metres on March 19, a 27-cm rise after China released water upriver, a Thai irrigation department official said. The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier submitted a letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, saying that China started releasing water from the Jinghom Dam in Yunnan province to help ease the drought from March 15 to April 10. Drought and salinisation have seriously affected the lives of people in 10 out of Vietnam’s 13 Mekong Delta provinces. Source: thanhnien.vn Thailand dug 30 reservoirs near the river’s basin in 2015. Temporary pumps have been deployed to suck 15 cubic metres of water per second from the Mekong River to supply water for the Huai Luang area. According to the Thai Ministry of Irrigation, the pump system is expected to take 47 million cubic metres of water from the river in three months. A permanent pumping system with a capacity as high as the temporary one’s will be installed. The country’s government plans to earmark 1.8 billion USD to implement a project to divert water from the Mekong River into Thailand’s waterways. Drought and salinisation have seriously affected the lives of people in 10 out of Vietnam’s 13 Mekong Delta provinces, with nearly 160,000 hectares of rice destroyed by the phenomenon, from the end of last year till now. Vietnam proposed that China discharge more water from its hydropower station reservoir to help.…... [read more]

VIENTIANE, April 4, 2010 (AFP) - Fisherman Phimmalang Sengphet paddles his boat to the sandy banks of the Mekong River in Laos and inspects his meagre haul. "We can't even catch enough to feed ourselves," he says wearily. The 38-year-old was able to net more than 10 kilos (22 pounds) of fish a day this time last year, but now he is lucky to bring home just half that. He blames the unusually low water levels -- the most extreme he has ever seen. "We want to know why. This is our life, catching fish to sell at the market. This is our business to provide for our families," he says as he wanders back to his village on the outskirts of the capital Vientiane. Mekong River levels in parts of Laos have hit their lowest in 50 years. The situation has alarmed the millions who depend on what is the world's largest inland fishery with an estimated annual catch of about 3.9 million tonnes, according to the Mekong River Commission (MRC). "In Laos we don't have the sea, we only have the Mekong for water and for food, so it's very important to us," said another villager, 63-year-old Som Sirivath, as she waded waist-deep into the river in search of some supper. The ebbing flows are not confined to land-locked Laos, one of Asia's poorest nations. In the upper Mekong basin in China's southwest, more than 24 million people are short of drinking water as a result of the…... [read more]

Water levels in the Mekong Delta have been rising over the past two days and will rise to higher levels, according to the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center. The water level on the Tien River in Tan Chau was 3.53m, 0.07m lower than warning level II on Saturday. On the Hau River, the water level was 2.83m in Chau Doc, 0.17 m less than warning level II. In Long Xuyen the level was 1.98m and in Can Tho it was 1.58m, both being 0.02m lower than warning level II.    A rise of 0.15m above the warning level I was seen on the Vam Co Tay River in Moc Hoa, where the level reached 0.95m on the same day. By Aug. 28. the water level in Tan Chau is expected to rise to the warning level II (3.6m), and the level in Chau Doc will be 2.9m, 0.10m lower than the warning level II, the center forecast. Moc Hoa may see its water level surged to 1.05m, 0.25m above the warming level I. In the Dong Thap Muoi area and Long Xuyen Quadrangle, the water levels will fluctuate between the warning levels I and II, said the center. "To date, the last 98 households in the areas hit by floods and landslide have been evacuated to safe places," said Dang Van Ne, the head of the Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap province. "Every commune has set up two or three rescue teams to prepare for emergency cases," he said. In the case…... [read more]

According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Centre, the water level is currently 2.33 metres at Tan Chau station at the Tien River and 1.95 metres at Chau Doc station at the Hau River, 0.2-0.3 metres higher than the same period last year. The water level is forecast to reach its peak of 2.9 metres at Tan Chau and 2.45 metres at Chau Doc on July 26-27, respectively, about a half metre higher than the same period last year. Farmers and fishermen have been waiting for the annual flooding season to earn more money as the water is expected to wash away saline residue and protect aquatic resources. Farmers living in coastal areas in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Kien Giang provinces are relieved that water is slowing from the Mekong River as they will not have to face drought or saline intrusion, which occurred last year with devastating consequences. For the last few days, farmers have been catching linh fish, a specialty caught during the flooding season in the Mekong Delta. Pham Ut, 70, who lives in Dong Thap province’s Hong Ngu District, which borders Cambodia, said the soil had become impoverished this year. Ut usually plants three crops a year, but he decided to plant only two crops this year to wait for the water to enter the closed embankment, as required by district authorities. “For many years, farmers who grew three crops a year faced low…... [read more]

NDO – Sen. Lieut. Gen. Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), offered incense to late Gen. Chu Huy Man, former Politburo member, Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, in Hanoi on July 25, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). >>> Party chief visits nursing centre for revolutionary contributors >>> Thanh Hoa urged to improve care for revolutionary contributors He also visited and presented gifts to Gen. Nguyen Quyet, former Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, and Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Thanh Ngan, former Politburo member and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics. On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, Cuong briefed the former leaders on the country’s military and national defence activities as well as gratitude work completed by the whole army. He wished them good health and longevity to continue making precious and practical contributions to the Party’s revolutionary cause and the cause of building the Army. * On the afternoon of July 25, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh visited and presented gifts to families and revolutionary contributors benefiting from preferential policies in Binh Minh town in the southern province of Vinh Long. She also visited Vietnamese Heroic Mother Luong Thi Dinh, whose husband and children lost their lives while…... [read more]

Farmers in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam are willing to add salt to their freshwater ponds in order to cultivate shrimp, a practice experts say can destroy the local ecosystem. They raise giant river prawns, which live in fresh water, and white leg shrimp, whose habitat is in brackish water, which contains more salinity than fresh water, but not as much as sea water. With white leg shrimp now a sought-after item, farmers have been jostling to raise them, despite living in areas surrounded by fresh water. Locals have therefore begun throwing salt into their freshwater ponds to increase their salinity and farm the highly valued white leg shrimp. There are now hundreds of hectares worth of shrimp farms employing this trick in the Mekong Delta, mostly in Dong Thap Province. According to the provincial agriculture department, there are some 176 hectares of white leg shrimp farms in Dong Thap, 165 hectares of which are in Tam Nong District alone. Tam Dong is considered the hub of giant freshwater prawns. However, many local farmers have been lured by the lucrative market for white leg shrimp and have therefore ‘altered’ their freshwater farms. Elsewhere in Ben Tre, Soc Trang and Kien Giang Provinces, farmers have been raising brackish water shrimp in areas previously home to freshwater prawns. N.V.G., one farmer in Tam Nong, said he was forced to follow the trending demand for white leg shrimp because “catfish prices keep…... [read more]

In July, the company started construction of eight electricity projects and connected 10 others with the national grid. The EVNSPC is speeding up the second phase of a project to bring power to households without electricity. More than 6,100 families of the Khmer ethnic minority group in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will benefit from the project. Nearly 9,000 households have had access to power in the first phase. Meanwhile, a project designed to supply electricity for rural areas has been  completed in Hau Giang and Ca Mau provinces with thousands of locals having electricity. Regarding the third development policy loan (DPL3) project, funded by the World Bank, the company has operated four power facilities to support shrimp farming in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh and one power facility for artificial lighting for dragon fruits in Long An province.  Under the project, 695 kilometres of medium-voltage line, 609 kilometres of low-voltage line and transformation stations with total capacity of 115.8 MVA will be constructed. The company is carrying out the fourth development policy loan (DPL4) project to improve power system with total investment of over 10 trillion VND (439.9 million USD). Components of the projects are the second circuit of the 220kV transmission line for Phu Quoc island district, 11 110kV power grid facilities, seven power transformation stations with total capacity of 372 MVA and 37 sub projects to upgrade medium-voltage grid, enhancing sufficient power for urban areas. …... [read more]

The largest cross-ocean 110 kV transmission line was constructed in Kien Giang province. The Southern Power Corporation is planning to build 53 more 110 kV power projects in southern provinces and cities. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Southern Power Corporation under the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVNSPC) is planning to build 53 more 110 kV power projects in southern provinces and cities, bringing the total number of works in 2017 to 79. In July, the company started construction of eight electricity projects and connected 10 others with the national grid. The EVNSPC is speeding up the second phase of a project to bring power to households without electricity. More than 6,100 families of the Khmer ethnic minority group in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang will benefit from the project. Nearly 9,000 households have had access to power in the first phase. Meanwhile, a project designed to supply electricity for rural areas has been  completed in Hau Giang and Ca Mau provinces with thousands of locals having electricity. Regarding the third development policy loan (DPL3) project, funded by the World Bank, the company has operated four power facilities to support shrimp farming in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Tra Vinh and one power facility for artificial lighting for dragon fruits in Long An province. Under the project, 695 kilometres of medium-voltage line, 609 kilometres of low-voltage line and transformation stations with total capacity of 115.8 MVA will be constructed. …... [read more]

Water from the Mekong River has been flowing to the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam where residents are waiting for the annual flooding season to earn their livelihood and push back salt intrusion. People in the Mekong Delta expect flooding season to earn their livelihood  On Saturday, water level started surging quickly in areas adjacent to Cambodia in Dong Thap province. According to the National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center, it measured 2.33 meters at Tan Chau station in the Tien River and 1.95 meters at Chau Doc station in the Hau River, 0.2-0.3 meter higher than the same period last year. The water level is forecast to continue rising and reach its peak of 2.9 meters at Tan Chau and 2.45 meters at Chau Doc on July 26 and 27, 0.5 meter higher than the same period last year. That is said a good signal for local residents. Those living in coastal areas in Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Kien Giang provinces now can give a sigh of relief as they no longer face severe drought and salt penetration as they used to last year thanks to continuous rains and water flow from the Mekong River. For the last few days, they have started catching linh fish (Siamese mud carp), a specialty of the flooding season in the Mekong Delta. SGGP... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – Tropical Storm Sonca, the fourth to hit Viet Nam this year, is forecast to make landfall in central and northcentral Viet Nam on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, according to the National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre. The latest image of Storm Sonca (or Storm No 4). — Source: The National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre According to the centre, the storm has hardly moved in the past 24 hours. At 4am on Monday, the typhoon location was about 150km southeast of Hainan (China). The strongest winds near the typhoon centre reach the speed of 60km-75km per hour. In the next 24 to 48 hours, the storm is forecast to make landfall from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces before weakening into a tropical depression. From tomorrow, coastal areas from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh will have high waves of up to 2-3m and rough sea. These provinces will also face torrential rainfall of 100-250mm. From Tuesday evening and night, in the Red River Delta, Hoa Binh, Son La and the north of Central Highlands, there will be moderate to heavy rain (rainfall from 50 to 150mm). By 4am on Wednesday, the Tonkin Gulf is predicted to experience strong wind of 40-60km per hour. Sonca Storm will also bring rains and thunderstorms in the middle and south of East Sea (including the Spratly Islands), and the sea areas from Ninh Thuan to Ca Mau Province. From Ca Mau to Kien Giang Province, the Gulf of Thailand, there will be rain…... [read more]




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