Residents in Hòa Ân Commune in Trà Vinh Province receive large containers of fresh water. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Hòa MEKONG DELTA — Fresh water supplies are being transported from HCM City to Mekong Delta provinces that have been affected by severe saltwater intrusion during the dry season. Barges have transported fresh water in containers from HCM City to Phú Khánh Commune in Bến Tre Province’s Thạnh Phú District where residents face shortages due to saline intrusion and drought. The Sài Gòn Water Corporation (Sawaco) said that it had provided 3,000 cubic metres of fresh water for residents there, and also planned to transport fresh water from the city to Cà Mau Province. The Military Command in Sóc Trăng Province, working with Sóc Trăng Water Supply Joint Stock Company, is providing free bottles of water to 1,000 households in the communes of Thạnh Thới An, Tài Văn, and Liêu Tú in Trần Đề District. Saline intrusion and drought this year came earlier in the delta than in the 2015-2016 dry season. Authorities in Trà Vinh Province, together with officials with the local climate change adaptation programme, have provided 2,000 water basins to the poor or near-poor, and to Khmer ethnic minority households in 30 communes in seven districts. Kiên Giang Province’s Centre for Fresh Water and Rural Environment Hygiene said it was working with… Read full this story
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