More than 2,060ha of rice in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have been damaged due to recent floods (Illustrative photo: VNA)
 
Kien Giang (VNA) – More than 2,060ha of rice in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have been damaged due to recent floods, according to the Directorate of Water Resources under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

In An Giang province, over 1,270ha of rice were destroyed, while Kien Giang suffered losses in 316ha, Dong Thap 182ha, and Long An 24ha.

Besides, floods and rising tides have damaged a number of dyke sections in regional localities, including Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Can Tho and Soc Trang, affecting production and life of locals.

The Directorate said that flood in Mekong Delta saw abnormalities this year, as floods in the early of the season reached its peak more than 10 days before the expected time, resulting in many difficulties in the forecasting work.

At present, floods in the Mekong Delta are receding and no longer affect the production and livelihood of local people. However, the level may rise again and cause flooding, particularly in Vinh Long and Can Tho city.

Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Kien Giang province Nguyen Van Tam said that Mekong Delta localities have devised plans to mitigate losses before and during flood season.

The localities have checked and strengthened dyke systems ahead of the summer-autumn and autumn-winter crops. Farmers are advised to harvest their crops early to avoid floods. Meanwhile, local authorities have also stepped up communications to enhance flood prevention and response among locals.

Mekong Delta provinces are required to keep a close watch on rising tides in the upcoming month and continue to check the dyke system in high-risk areas.-VNA