Watermelons grown across 1,200 hectares of land in Ca Mau, the southernmost province in Vietnam, rotted due to unseasonable rain over the last few days, according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The damage from the atypical rains was estimated at over 3 billion VND (141,000 USD).

A local farmer in Cai Nuoc district, Tran Thi Thoi, said hundreds of watermelons, destined to serve the increasing demand of upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) and expected to substantially boost her family’s income, were all destroyed.

The rain also flooded an additional 3,000 hectares of other agricultural products, including a significant loss of shrimp, in the province.

Tran Chi Thao, another local farmer living in Phu Tan district, said he lost 250 million VND (11,650 USD) invested in shrimp raising after his shrimp farm was wiped out.

The unprecedented damaging weather patterns has left huge farming losses, floods, and traffic congestion.-VNA