Regional drought is damaging more than 4,400 hectares of crops, mainly rice and coffee trees, in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

The most affected areas include Krong Bong, Krong Nang, Ea Kar, M’Drak, Lak and Cu M’gar districts.

Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Trang Quang Thanh attributed the drought to the low rainfall from a premature end to the rainy season. The water levels of rivers, ponds and lakes are significantly below average.

In Cu M’gar district – the province’s key coffee zone with 35,000 hectares of coffee – three reservoirs are running out of water and 48 others have precariously low water levels, hampering irrigation work.

To cope with the drought, provincial leaders asked local authorities to guide community members to dredge ponds and reservoirs and free the flow of streams to make full use of water resources.

The province also plans to provide fuel to serve the dredging activities.

Drought is also causing water shortages for daily use in over 1,000 households in Krong Bong, Krong Nang and Lak districts.-VNA