Reducing damages caused by salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta

Nhan Dan –

The Mekong River Basin is currently in the mid-dry season of 2017-2018. The Mekong Delta is strongly affected by two different tidal regimes in the East Sea and the West Sea.

During the tides, if winds (especially the East Sea wind) occur, they would increase the salinity intrusion on the main streams and canals. According to the meteorological and hydrography station in the South Western region, during the 2017-2018 dry season, the temperature in the delta will be the equivalent to the average of many years and is likely to be lower than the temperature of the same period last year. In the dry season, there is the possibility of unseasonal rain and the total rainfall is likely to be higher than the average of recent years. The aforementioned meteorological conditions will contribute to the reduction of evaporation, meeting the water demand for the crop. Salinity intrusion, however, can be severe in some localities

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