Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

By Nguyet Nhi, Hoang Nam   May 11, 2020 | 08:26 am GMT+7

Fishing communities on the Mekong Delta’s Tien River are blaming salinity intrusion for their fish dying in abnormal numbers, inflicting heavy losses.
Mekong Delta fishers in distress as fish die en masse

At the foot of Rach Mieu Bridge, 53-year-old Nguyen Sinh Nhut, owner of five cages of red tilapia fish, stands tired and lost after a day of cleaning up dead fish. He can’t say how many have died in the last month. “The fish just kept dying. I have lost VND10 to 20 million ($427 to 854)  that I have to spend on each cage for food,” said Nhut, who has been farming fish for 18 years on the Tien River, a branch of Mekong River in Vietnam.

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The great salt drought desiccating Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Farmers suffer huge losses and communities struggle amid high levels of seawater intruding into the freshwater delta.

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Danang, Vietnam – “Well I can tell you, all my fish are dead now.”

Nguyen Thi Bach Vien sounds more resigned than anything else. She is calling from her home in Ben Tre province, a few hours drive south of Ho Chi Minh City in the belly of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, where she has a fish farm and gardens of coconut and pomelo trees.

Vien’s freshwater shrimps and giant river prawns are dying, too.

The 62-year-old has spent her whole life on her land, watching the soil gradually change and the air grow more sweltering every year. Now she fears that she and her husband are likely to be the last of their family to work solely on the farm.

“Dead fish and dead shrimps,” Vien says, “and if we don’t have a solution soon, I think, dead farmers too.”

The issue is water. Salty seawater has intruded into the freshwater Mekong Delta at unprecedented levels this year, to the point at which peoples’ crops and produce simply cannot survive.

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Drought drives Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to declare state of emergency

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  • A total of 33,000 hectares of rice fields have been damaged and nearly 70,000 households are suffering from a lack of water
  • Reasons for the drought and salinity intrusion include a lack of rain, growing water consumption and increased water storage in dams
Rice fields in the Mekong Delta of Southern Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock
Rice fields in the Mekong Delta of Southern Vietnam. Photo: Shutterstock
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’s prolonged drought, coupled with an extensive build-up of salinity, have driven five provinces in the country’s rice bowl to declare a state of emergency.

“This year’s drought and salinity have been way more devastating than what we saw four years ago,” said Nguyen Thien Phap, head of the water resources department in Tien Giang, one of the provinces that announced the emergency in the Mekong Delta.

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Biến đổi khí hậu thách thức sinh kế 10 triệu dân ĐBSCL

TTO – Các đại biểu tham gia diễn đàn Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long năm 2016 tổ chức tại TP.HCM vào ngày 27-6 đều nhấn mạnh biến đổi khí hậu sẽ thách thức sinh kế của 10 triệu dân vùng đất này.

Biến đổi khí hậu thách thức sinh kế 10 triệu dân ĐBSCL
Phó thủ tướng Chính phủ Vương Đình Huệ phát biểu tại diễn đàn Đồng bằng sông Cửu Long 2016 sáng 27-6 – Ảnh: DUYÊN PHAN

Tham dự diễn đàn có Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Phó thủ tướng Vương Đình Huệ cùng đại diện Ngân hàng Thế giới, các bộ ban ngành và đại diện các tỉnh đồng bằng sông Cửu Long.

Phát biểu tại diễn đàn, Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc nhấn mạnh tầm quan trọng của đồng bằng sông Cửu Long trong chiến lược phát triển kinh tế – xã hội của VN.

Được coi là vùng sản xuất nông nghiệp, thủy sản hàng hóa lớn nhất VN, đồng bằng sông Cửu Long đóng góp gần 41% giá trị sản xuất nông nghiệp, gần 70% kim ngạch xuất khẩu thủy sản, 90% sản lượng gạo xuất khẩu.

Tuy nhiên “vựa lúa lớn nhất VN” đang đứng trước khó khăn và thử thách, nhất là biến đổi khí hậu, nước biển đang xâm nhập mặn. Tiếp tục đọc “Biến đổi khí hậu thách thức sinh kế 10 triệu dân ĐBSCL”

Drought forces Vietnam’s Mekong Delta residents to leave home, family for work

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tuoitrenews – The devastating effects of this year’s severe drought and salinization have forced many residents from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to leave their hometown and earn their living elsewhere.

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According to Tran Sang, an official in Soc Trang Province, previously, the situation was only evident in poorer households.

“Now, the climatic condition has been so serious this year that many citizens have lost thousands of square meters of crops, forcing them to abandon their homes to find work in other provinces,” Sang said.
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Dams upriver exacerbate drought in Mekong Delta

Update: March, 10/2016 – 09:14

Experts at the conference rejected study results that claimed the 11 hydropower dams in the Mekong River had little impact on Viet Nam and millions of people downstream. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khuong

vietnamnews – CẦN THƠ (VNS) — Aside from natural forces like climate change, countries’ actions have worsened the drought and salinity in Việt Nam’s Mekong Delta. Tiếp tục đọc “Dams upriver exacerbate drought in Mekong Delta”