15 April 20 Viet Nam News Source QUẢNG NGÃI —Water levels in most reservoirs in the central province of Quảng Ngãi have fallen to 55 per cent of their total capacity, according to a survey by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.In the same period last year, the water levels reached 78.5 per cent of designed capacity.
Many reservoirs were reported to be at extremely low levels including Hóc Dọc at 7 per cent, Thới Lới at 17 per cent, Liệt Sơn at 21 per cent and Sở Hầu at 39 per cent capacity.
The Provincial Hydro Meteorology Station said rainfall in the summer-autumn crop this year is likely to be low while the temperature is predicted to be higher than the average in previous years, causing a high risk of water shortages and saline intrusion.
The local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked the central Government to provide VNĐ150 billion (nearly US$6.4 million) to fight drought.
The provincial People's Committee has also implemented measures to combat drought, water shortage and saltwater intrusion in 2020.
The agricultural sector also recommended farmers switch from growing rice and other crops to drought-resistant crops and trees this year.
Local agricultural officers were assigned to guide farmers on advanced farming techniques and establish and expand farming models that are appropriate for the province's dry conditions.
The province is also speeding up the construction of irrigation works. — VNS