The arrival of the rainy season has brought a sigh of relief to forest rangers and local residents in the U Minh Ha National Park after five months of guarding intensely against fire.

After two weeks of continuous rains, hundreds of canals running across more than 40,000 hectares of cajuput trees in the buffer zone around the national park are now full of water, raising soil humidity and reviving the trees after months of drying weather.

The U Minh Ha is one of the two national parks in the southern province of Ca Mau. Established in 2006, it has a 3,600 ha strictly protected zone and a restoration zone of nearly 5,000 ha. The park is surrounded by a buffer zone of more than 25,000 ha, mainly cajuput trees.-VNA