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PM pledges $670 million to save Mekong Delta from worst drought in a century

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has announced emergency funding of VND15 trillion ($670 million) to combat the affects of drought and salinity in the Mekong Delta.

Drought grips Mekong Delta

Vietnam, the third largest rice exporter in the world, is facing the worst drought and salinity to hit the Mekong Delta in years.

China to open reservoir gates in effort to combat Southeast Asia drought

China has announced plans to release water into the Mekong River from one of its dams located in Yunnan province starting from March 15 in order to help Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries that are suffering from prolonged drought.
March 16, 2016 | 04:21 pm GMT+7

Vietnam drinks dregs of China's water support in Southeast Asia

China's decision to open one of its reservoirs into the Mekong River to combat the drought which Southeast Asia is experiencing has sparked controversy between local authorities and agriculture experts in Vietnam.
March 17, 2016 | 06:15 pm GMT+7

Vietnam asks China to open dams to relieve drought in Mekong Delta

Hanoi sent a formal request to Beijing on March 14 asking for one of China's hydropower stations to release more water into the Mekong River to help relieve the Delta's crippling drought.
March 18, 2016 | 08:11 am GMT+7

Mekong provinces desperate for river to rise

Following a request from Vietnam, China has agreed to double the volume of water released from dams situated in Yunnan province into the Mekong River until April 10, but the water is likely to take at least two weeks to reach Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, according to the Vietnam Mekong Commission.
March 18, 2016 | 03:12 pm GMT+7

Delta farmers can cash in on drought and salinity, experts say

Scientists suggest farmers in the Mekong Delta consider switching crops to take advantage of the changing conditions in the region. 
March 23, 2016 | 04:23 pm GMT+7

Zimbabwean 'wizard' bewitches a bumper crop

Among his neighbors, Phillip Tshuma, 67, is considered a wizard who commands the rains with the help of goblins. How else could he grow a bumper crop of ripening maize, sorghum, millet and peanuts in a season when many farmers in Zimbabwe have written off their crops?
March 23, 2016 | 04:25 pm GMT+7

Vietnam's GDP growth slowdowns amid severe Mekong drought

Vietnam's GDP grew by 5.64 percent in the first quarter of 2016, a slow down compared to the same period last year when it rose 6.12 percent, announced the General Statistics Office today.
March 25, 2016 | 06:58 pm GMT+7

Rice prices bounce back after drought and salinity

Rice prices in the Mekong Delta saw some signs of growth in March after falling in the first two months of 2016, a Vietnamese government source said.
March 26, 2016 | 10:51 am GMT+7

Drought ruins large crops of coffee and rice in Central Highlands

The prolonged drought caused by the El Nino weather pattern has damaged thousands of hectares of coffee, rice and pepper in the Central Highlands.
March 28, 2016 | 07:13 pm GMT+7

Drought pushes village to the edge

Water shortages have forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes and move to a nearby dried up river bed where they are trying to eke out a living. 
March 31, 2016 | 01:37 pm GMT+7

Central Highlands suffering under historic drought

The prolonged drought caused by the El Nino weather pattern is the worst in Vietnam in over a century. In the Central Highlands, thousands of hectares of crops have been destroyed and the lives of countless people thrown into turmoil.
March 31, 2016 | 06:08 pm GMT+7

Kerry: US to help Vietnam combat worst drought in 100 years

The U.S. will assist Vietnam as it struggles with its worst drought in living memory, State Secretary John Kerry said in a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh on Thursday.
March 31, 2016 | 06:12 pm GMT+7

Parched Mekong Delta to receive extra water in April

A large volume of fresh water from the Mekong River is expected to reach Vietnam on April 12, providing much needed relief to parched provinces around the Delta.
April 02, 2016 | 07:58 am GMT+7
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