Vietnam Net Bridge
In recent years, the gradually-reducing rainfall has caused a water shortage in the Mekong Delta. The dry season is longer, enhancing alkalinity in soil and causing difficulty in aquaculture or farming. Disasters from climate change have been revealed. The granary of Vietnam – the Mekong Delta – is suffering severely, affected from climate change.
In September 2013, some areas in Can Tho, the biggest city in the Mekong Delta, was severely flooded, affecting the lives and activities of people. This was very unusual compared to the past.
Mr. Ky Quang Vinh, director of the Climate Change Office of the Can Tho City People’s Committee, said: “According to the observations, in the past 30 years in Can Tho, the numbers and intensity of rain was not much, but flooding was remarkable. The highest temperature did not rise much, but the lowest temperature in the day increased 1.40°C. This affects people’s health and production.”
“According to research by the International Rice Research Institute, if the temperature increases 10°C, the rice productivity will be reduced by 10%. For the past 30 years, the water flow in the Mekong River has not increased, at about 22,000 m³ per second, but the flow from the sea increase greatly, from 13,000 m³ per second to 15,500 m³ per second.”