Sugar cane die of saltwater intrusion in Cu Lao Dung dsitrict of Soc Trang (Photo: VNA)

Soc Trang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang is delivering support to local farmers affected by saltwater intrusion-caused damage of up to 569.2 billion VND (25.5 million USD).

The toll is predicted to continue mounting as localities across Soc Trang are still surveying the affected area, said Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Huynh Ngoc Van.

He added that the department asked the provincial authorities for an initial aid of 24.65 billion VND (1.1 million USD).

Data shows that 12,605 ha of rice in Soc Trang have been influenced by saltwater intrusion, leading to a loss of over 250.5 billion VND (11.2 million USD).

The phenomenon, which is also wreaking havoc across the Mekong Delta, where it has impacted 6,705 ha of sugar cane valued at nearly 305 billion VND (13.7 million USD).-VNA