Updated at 11:05:42 04/15/2020 (Views: 327)
Binh Thuan

Binh Thuan: Thousands of households thirst for running water

BTO – Statistics released from the Binh Thuan steering committee of Disaster Prevention and Rescue Search Committee, the locality saw an early end of rainy season in November 2019, prolonged hot weather without rain in the area since then.

According to the province’s Meteorological and Hydrometeorology Station, such phenomenon can cause the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the first half of 2020. Such ENSO phenomenon is neutral, but inclined to hot phase and be able to maintain its stability in the following half of 2020.

Ba Bau Lake is nearly out of water in those recent days

Consequently, Binh Thuan will face a long dry season until middle of May 2020, and the amount of water in local rivers and streams is significantly decreased by 15- 70 percent of that of many previous years. Thereby, drought and lack of water for production and daily life will be fierce.

Meanwhile, hot weather popped up in April and May at the highest and absolute temperature ranging from 35 to 36 Celsius Degree. Intrusion situation in coastal areas and estuaries is seemingly on the rise, causing negative effects to locals’ livings and production.

In the past Spring-Winter crop (2019-2020), the whole province has cut down nearly 15,000 hectares of production farm areas due to lack of water in many rivers, streams and wells. Remarkably, some seriously-affected districts of Ham Tan, Tanh Linh, and Duc Linh could not maintain their agriculture production after February 2020 due to exhausted water.

On the other hand, some irrigation reservoirs such as: Ba Bau, Tan Lap, Ta Mon, Da Bac, Tra Tan, Nui Dat, etc are also dried up with only a little water left.

As of April 2020, all irrigation reservoirs have only 32.8 million square meters of remaining useful water volume, reaching 12.6 percent of designed useful capacity, much lower that the average water volume of other previous years.

Specifically, Dai Ninh hydropower reservoir can provide only 33.3 million square meters of water for the northern areas of Binh Thuan, reaching 13.23 percent of the designed capacity.

As of March 31, the number of households suffering from shortage of running water is about 25,126 households with 92,824 residents. Of the total, Bac Binh District has nearly 10,000 households with 44,174 residents; Ham Tan: 8,453 households with 21,802 people; Duc Linh: 7,050 households with 16,990 residents; Ham Thuan Nam: 2,658 households with 10,632 residents; Ham Thuan Bac: 2,483 households with 10,398 residents; Phu Quy: 1,000 households with 4,200 residents and Tanh Linh: 40 households with 200 people.

Translated by My Thien (Source: Nongnghiep.vn)