Mekong water shortage

Hot weather parches central province, residents suffer from lack of water

Update: May, 23/2019 – 14:48 vietnamnews

People in drought-hit Thạnh Mỹ Commune, Quảng Nam Province, need to travel hours every day to get water from a stream in the forest. — Photo vov.vn

QUẢNG NAM — People in the central province of Quảng Nam are suffering from a severe water shortage due to extreme and prolonged hot weather and drought.

The 50m – long downstream section of the Đắk Mi River in Phước Sơn and Nam Giang districts has been dry for long and local people have to dig the riverbed for water, online newspaper vov.vn paper reported. Tiếp tục đọc “Hot weather parches central province, residents suffer from lack of water”

Hà Nội faces summer water shortages

Update: April, 27/2019 – 09:49 VNA

 

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A truck carrying clean water to serve people suffering from a water shortage in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng

HÀ NỘI — As the summer approaches, people in the capital city of Hà Nội again face a dreadful nightmare of urban life – shortage of clean water.

This year, according to the Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the heat wave will be intense and long with temperatures reaching 39-42 degrees Celsius.

The demand for clean water is predicted to increase by 10-15 per cent, or 40,000-60,000 cubic metres during the summer months. Tiếp tục đọc “Hà Nội faces summer water shortages”

Delta braces for forest fires

vietnamnews Update: March, 10/2018 – 09:00

The U Minh Hạ National Park in Cà Mau Province. — VNA/VNS Photo Huỳnh Thế Anh
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Local authorities in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have stepped up efforts to prevent forest fires even as the region enters the highly risky dry season.

In the southernmost province of Cà Mau, many measures have been put in place, especially to protect the 8,500ha U Minh Hạ National Park. Tiếp tục đọc “Delta braces for forest fires”

Mekong Delta braces for salt intrusion

vietnamnews Update: March, 09/2018 – 09:00

Agricultural officials construct a temporary dam to prevent salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta province of Hậu Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Duy Khương
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Authorities and people living in the coastal areas of the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have taken several measures to prevent saltwater intrusion, including building of dams.

Trần Bình Trọng, head of the Kiên Lương District Infrastructure Economy Bureau in Kiên Giang Province, said the district has built a dam on Canal 6 to prevent saltwater intrusion. Tiếp tục đọc “Mekong Delta braces for salt intrusion”

Vietnam’s rice granary endangered by water shortage

Last update 10:54 | 20/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The weaker water flow towards the downstream Mekong River has caused drought in  The Mekong Delta, affecting the livelihood of millions of people in the area.

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The rains in June 2017 helped cool down the land in the Delta. The Central Hydrometeorological Forecast Center said the floods this year may be a little higher than previous years.

This is a great opportunity for locals to store water in the context of big changes in the Mekong water flow due to water exploitation in the upper course by hydropower plants and water diversion projects. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s rice granary endangered by water shortage”

Mực nước ngầm ở các tỉnh, thành phố ven biển ở mức báo động

Thứ năm – 21/01/2016 09:55 Cục Quản Lý Tài Nguyên Nước – Bộ TN&MT

Mực nước ngầm ở các tỉnh, thành phố ven biển kéo dài từ Hải Phòng đến Cà Mau đang hạ xuống mức báo động.

 
Cảnh báo trên được ông Nguyễn Chí Công – Phó Tổng Giám đốc Trung tâm Quy hoạch và Điều tra Tài nguyên nước quốc gia (thuộc Bộ Tài nguyên và Môi trường) đưa ra tại hội thảo quốc tế về Quản lý tổng hợp tài nguyên nước vùng ven biển – Kinh nghiệm quản lý nước dưới đất khu vực Đông-Đông Nam Á (CCOP 2016).

Tiếp tục đọc “Mực nước ngầm ở các tỉnh, thành phố ven biển ở mức báo động”

Bất cập trong quản lý và khai thác nước ngầm – 2 bài

Bất cập trong quản lý và khai thác nước ngầm – Bài 1

Ông Nguyễn Đăng Biển (bên phải) ở tổ 4, khu phố Phú Hưng.phường Phú Thịnh, thị xã Bình Long khoan giếng tại ấp Quản Lợi A, xã Tân Lợi (Hớn Quản)Ông Nguyễn Đăng Biển (bên phải) ở tổ 4, khu phố Phú Hưng.phường Phú Thịnh, thị xã Bình Long khoan giếng tại ấp Quản Lợi A, xã Tân Lợi (Hớn Quản)

01:33 PM – 05/05/2017

BP – Những năm gần đây, thời tiết diễn biến bất thường dẫn đến khô kiệt nguồn nước, ảnh hưởng sinh hoạt và phát triển sản xuất của người dân. Khi nước mặt cạn kiệt, các hồ chứa trơ đáy, giải pháp khoan để khai thác nước ngầm được cho là hiệu quả nhất, dẫn đến dịch vụ khoan giếng nở rộ và là nguyên nhân chính làm cạn kiệt nguồn nước cục bộ, gia tăng ô nhiễm các tầng chứa nước. Thậm chí làm ô nhiễm mạch nước ngầm do các giếng khoan không gặp nước đã không được trám lấp, về mùa mưa chất bẩn theo dòng nước chảy xuống giếng. Tiếp tục đọc “Bất cập trong quản lý và khai thác nước ngầm – 2 bài”

Hanoi faces summer shortage of clean water

Last update 17:03 | 15/05/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Come summer, people in the capital once again face one of the most dreaded spectres of urban life, water shortage.

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Processing water at the Ha Noi Clean Water Co, the main supplier of water to the capital city. 

This year, the situation does not look to be any better with provider companies expecting supply to fall short of demand by 70,000-100,000 cu.m every day, while many clean water projects are still in progress.

Early risers get the water

It’s only early summer, but houses in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi Hoan Kiem District are already stacking every water container imaginable – buckets, plastic barrels or basins. Tiếp tục đọc “Hanoi faces summer shortage of clean water”

Climate change to challenge Mekong River Delta in 2017

Last update 07:40 | 09/03/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Signs of growth stagnation in the Mekong Delta in recent years have been blamed on climate change, which has contributed to drought and saline intrusion.

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The growth rate declined in the 2010-2016 period, especially in the last three years, with considerable decreases in 2015 and 2016 due to climate change effects.

The volume of water flowing to the delta has decreased seriously. The Mekong Delta lives on agriculture and fisheries, with services and industries all related to farm produce distribution and processing.

Le Anh Tuan from Can Tho University, in his article on Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon, warned that 2017 would continue to be a difficult year for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta due to problems in water supply. Water resources have been diminishing rapidly since 2000.

2017 would continue to be a difficult year for agricultural production in the Mekong Delta due to problems in water supply. Water resources have been diminishing rapidly since 2000. 

When rains finished in December 2016 and early 2017, signs of water shortage and saline intrusion at estuaries began appearing.

In late January 2017, the salinity measured in the area 20-25 kilometers from the coastline to the mainland was 2 percent. It is expected to increase rapidly in the dry season. Tiếp tục đọc “Climate change to challenge Mekong River Delta in 2017”

ADB to lend $4.2b to water security project

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Update: May, 03/2017 – 22:00

The water shortage will get worse by 2050 and 3.4 billion people in the Asia-Pacific developing countries would be living in water-stress areas. ADB looks forward to providing more support to help the countries address these water-related challenges. — Photo Courtesy of ADB
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YOKOHAMA — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) this year plans to provide loans worth US$4.2 billion, doubling last year’s figure, to support developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing water challenges.
The information was released by Deputy Director General of the ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Amy S.P. Leung on Wednesday.

Tiếp tục đọc “ADB to lend $4.2b to water security project”

Climate change threatens water security

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Update: April, 20/2017 – 09:55

Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday. — Photo baotainguyenmoitruong.vn

HÀ NỘI – Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday.

Held by Việt Nam’s Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), the Việt Nam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Germany’s Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and German Agency for International Co-operation, the conference aimed to improve public awareness of the consequences of climate change on the environment, especially on water security.

It also allowed domestic and foreign scientists and agencies to discuss science and technology and experience in preventing environmental disasters.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Trần Việt Thanh said that climate change has made protecting water resources more complicated.

River water and ground water levels are decreasing, while sea levels, flood tides and salt intrusion are on the rise, he said, adding that the demand for water in production and daily activities has increased due to industrialisation, urbanisation and population growth.

According to Dr Prof Nguyễn Mại, VAFIE chairman, several factors have posed difficulties for Việt Nam in ensuring water security. They include industrialisation, exploitation of energy generated from water and the expansion of irrigation and drainage systems in upstream countries.

Moreover, climate change and natural disasters are also leading to an imbalance of water resources. Prolonged heat and decreases in rainfall are threatening all regions in the country. 

The demand for water in the country has also increased from 50 billion cu.m a year in 1990 to 72 billion cu.m a year in 2010. It is predicted to reach 80 billion cu.m in 2020. 

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Association suggested Việt Nam pay attention to dealing with four issues: socio-economic and environmental impacts of water use, relationship between land use and water resources, consequences of shifting water resources and social matters arising during a water crisis.

VAWR Deputy Director Trần Đình Hòa stressed the need for co-operation between countries to protect and use water resources effectively and equally.

“It is also necessary to have a complete policy system on water resources to increase the efficiency of water management, protection and use, and change public awareness and action in ensuring water security”, he added. – VNS

Cities not ready for climate change: experts

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Update: April, 17/2017 – 09:00

A flooded alley in District 12, HCM City. High tides broke sewer No. 4 in the district’s Thạnh Xuân 25 Street during the rainy season in October last year, flooding the neighbourhood and disrupting the lives of residents. — VNA/VNS Photo Mạnh Linh

HA NOI – Most Vietnamese cities lack the capacity to confront climate change challenges, experts say, calling for greater preparedness efforts.

Cities have to be ready to adapt to new situations and unexpected developments, ensuring essential services to residents at all times, they add.

Surveys done by the Urban Development Agency under the Construction Ministry have found cities in mountainous areas particularly vulnerable to natural calamities. Tiếp tục đọc “Cities not ready for climate change: experts”