Drought, saline encroachment continue in Central, South hinh anh 1Drought in Ca Mau (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA)Drought and saltwater intrusion are predicted to continue damaging parts of the south central, Central Highlands and southern regions this month due to the El Nino impacts, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

In early March, one or two cold spells are likely to hit the north while hot weather remains in the southeastern region.

The total rainfalls in the north and north central regions are 10-30 percent less than the many-year average in the same period.

Across the Mekong Delta, more than 200,000 tonnes of rice have been damaged, resulting in a loss of over 1 trillion VND (44.64 million USD).

In the winter-spring crop 2015-2016, there were 339,200ha of rice in coastal Mekong Delta provinces prone to saltwater intrusion and drought, accounting for 21.9 percent of the region’s total rice area, and 104,000ha of which have already been severely impacted.

The centre said saltwater intrusion has already hit alarming levels in Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Ben Tre and Tra Vinh provinces.-VNA