Saltwater intrusion in Mekong Delta to decrease in late April

By VNA   April 24, 2023 | 09:13 pm PT
Saltwater intrusion in Mekong Delta to decrease in late April
A durian farmer measures the salinity level in a canal in Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta, March 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Nam
Saltwater intrusion on the Mekong River is forecast to gradually abate from April 24-30, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Water with a salinity of 4% would intrude 40-45km in the Vam Co Dong and Vam Co Tay rivers and 20-25 km in the Cua Tieu and Cua Dai rivers.

During the same period, water with a salinity level of four grams per liter may encroach 20-25 km deep into the Co Chien River, 18-22 km into the Hau River and 40-45km into the Cai Lon River.

As reported by the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the level of saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta during the dry season of 2022-2023 is projected to be similar to that of the previous year.

Localities in the Mekong Delta are urged to promptly follow hydro-meteorological forecast updates and take proactive measures to prevent and combat saline intrusion.

They must take advantage of low tides to store fresh water for agriculture and daily life.

It is recommended that farmers limit irrigation to minimize production losses. Before delivering water to crops, salinity must be monitored in areas where fruit trees have high economic value and poor salt tolerance.

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