Water level in Khanh Hoa’s longest river hits record low hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA) 
Khanh Hoa (VNA)Water level in Cai River - the longest one in the central province of Khanh Hoa - has dropped to below the historical record low observed last July, reported the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on May 13. 

Water flow in the river, at 1.15m/s, also reduces by 97 percent compared to many-year average. 

Due to the prolonged drought, the total volume of 18 water reservoirs in the province has fallen to 102 million cu. m, compared to their designed capacity of 247 million cu. m. The reservoirs now cannot irrigate all rice fields as priority in water supply is given to daily use, industrial production and animal husbandry. 

As of May 13, more than 4,000 households with 16,600 individuals have run short of fresh water for daily use, mostly in several communes in Nha Trang city and the districts of Khanh Vinh, Khanh Son, Van Ninh and Cam Lam. 

It is the second consecutive year Khanh Hoa has faced severe drought due to the impacts of El Nino. 

The province has asked for a State budget of 66 billion VND (3 million USD) to cope with drought and saltwater intrusion./.