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Khanh Hoa (VNA) – More than 3,480 households in the central province of Khanh Hoa are facing a severe shortage of water due to the prolonged drought.

According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, residents in the hardest hit communes in Nha Trang city and Cam Lam, Khanh Son, and Van Ninh districts had to purchase tap water from vicinities for daily use.

The Hydro-meteorological Station for South Central Vietnam reported that the rainfall in the province has been recorded prevalently at about 10-20 millimeters, 50-83 millimeters lower than many years’ average.

Besides, the flow of rivers and springs in the locality was recorded as low as 80-90 percent of the average level in many years.

To tackle the problem, the province is in need of more than 8.7 billion VND (391,000 USD) for drilling water wells, building water containers and water delivery to drought hit areas.

Meanwhile, Nha Trang city has spent nearly 400 million VND (18,000 USD) from its budget on providing water for residents in Vinh Luong and Phuoc Dong communes during the three peak months of the dry season.

The provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said if rain does not arrive in the next coming months, water scarcity will threat about 23,000 households in the province.-VNA