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Hanoi (VNA) – Over 253,000 ha of land in the midland and northern region had enough water for 2018-2019 winter-spring rice crops as of January 23, or 45.77 percent of the total land, reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Directorate of Water Resources.

Localities with high water coverage include Nam Dinh (82.5 percent), Ha Nam (67.4 percent), Phu Tho (67 percent), Ninh Binh (66 percent), Vinh Phuc (33 percent), and Thai Binh (41 percent).

The Hanoi Hydrological Station reported the same day that water levels in the Red River reached 1.91m on average, and 2.33m at the highest.

The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is increasing power generation to raise the water level.

The directorate asked the cities and provinces’ agricultural and rural development departments to direct bringing water to paddy fields and store water in ponds, lakes, and ditches from January 21-24.

The EVN enhanced power generation to Hoa Binh, Thac Ba, and Tuyen Quang hydropower plants on January 19. –VNA