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Mekong Delta takes measures to support households hit by natural disasters



High tides broke embankments in Bến Tre Province’s Chợ Lách District in the middle of this month, inundating seedling growing areas. — VNA/ Photo Trần Thị Thu Hiền

HCM CITY — Provinces in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta are taking measures to help households affected by heavy rains, strong winds, high tides and natural disasters this year.

Drought and saline intrusion have also caused damage to thousands of hectares of rice, vegetables and other crops in the delta, while heavy rains and winds have flattened thousands of houses and blown off roofs.

Võ Kim Thuần, head of the Long An Province’s Rural Development and Irrigation Sub-department, said natural disasters had caused property damage of VNĐ65 billion (US$2,800) in the province this year.

Lightning killed one person, and strong winds and whirlwinds flattened 17 houses and blew off the roofs of 212 houses in Long An. Saltwater intrusion and drought damaged nearly 2,800ha of rice.       

Long An has had 30 erosion cases with a total length of 1,000 metres along rivers and canals this year, affecting 30 households.

The province has stepped up measures to protect dykes and irrigation works from natural disasters in order to secure the safety of property and lives of households.

It has also tightened inspections and penalties for violators of regulations protecting irrigation works, rivers and canals.  

In Cà Mau Province, heavy rains inundated 20,980ha of rice and 267ha of vegetables and other crops, and flattened 18 houses and blew off the roof of 57 houses recently, according to the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Its western sea dyke has five new eroded sections with a total of more than 5.8 kilometres.

Trần Văn Thời District was Cà Mau’s hardest hit district from rain inundation as it has 1,400ha of completely damaged rice and 8,500ha of rice damaged up to 80 per cent.

The district has more than 3,400ha of ripe summer – autumn rice which has not been harvested.

Lê Quân, chairman of the Cà Mau Province People’s Committee, has asked local authorities to survey damage to agricultural production and houses to help households recover their production and property.

The province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in co-operation with relevant departments and agencies will monitor weather and hydro-meteorology forecasting and establish plans to cope with natural disasters in each locality, he said.

Irrigation works, canals, dykes and embankments will be regularly checked and upgraded to cope with drought and saltwater intrusion.

Localities are expected to soon complete the harvest of the summer – autumn rice and finish sowing rice seeds for the current crop of a rice – shrimp farming model.

Kiên Giang Province, which is the country’s largest rice producer, will provide VNĐ540 million ($23,100) to help households repair houses damaged by natural disasters.  

It has used VNĐ800 million ($34,200) from various sources to provide clean water for household use in An Minh District’s Đông Hòa Commune.

The Kiên Giang People’s Committee has assigned the province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to drill bored wells to supply clean water for production and household daily use in Đông Hòa.

The delta’s provinces are also taking measures to protect crops and dykes from the damages of high tides.  

In Bến Tre, high tides broke a 10m-dyke section in Chợ Lách District’s Thiền Liềng Commune, inundating more than 20ha producing seedlings of jackfruits and durian on Monday.  

The Chợ Lách District Bureau Agriculture and Rural Development is compiling data on the damage caused by high tides on November 13 – 17 to have support measures for households.

In Sóc Trăng, high tides broke 50 embankments in Cù Lao Dung District on November 13 – 16, inundating 42 houses and 153ha of sugarcane, vegetables and fruits.

The district is repairing the eroded embankments.

Nguyễn Văn Đắc, head of the Cù Lao Dung Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the district has ordered local authorities in communes to use machines to upgrade dykes, embankments and other public works. 

Cù Lao Dung earlier this year upgraded its dykes and embankments to control high tides, but the islet district was inundated more heavily than in previous years because of higher tides and other factors, according to local households. —–



Cold front returns, temperature to dive in northern, central Vietnam



The temperature is forecast to plummet below zero degree Celsius again in northern mountainous provinces from Sunday, while it is likely to drop in the central region, under the influence of an increased cold front from Saturday night.

The cold spell is moving southward, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, and will leave its first impact on the northern mountainous provinces, then other places in the region, the central area and finally some south-central localities.

There will be rain and medium rain in the northern region Saturday night to Sunday morning and light rain in the central area on Sunday.

Localities in northern and north-central regions will experience extreme cold, especially in northern Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, and Lao Cai Provinces, with temperature falling to 8-11 degrees Celsius.

The temperature in the mountainous region will range between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius, with some high mountainous places to see mercury as low as below zero degree Celsius.

Sleet – a mixture of rain and snow – will be expected in Ha Giang and Lao Cai Provinces.

Temperatures in north-central provinces from Quang Tri to Quang Ngai will be around 14-18 degrees Celsius.

In the Central Highlands and south-central regions, people may feel extremely cold in the early morning and night of Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the southern region, the weather will also get colder.

From Monday, northern localities will see the return of sunlight during the day while the extreme cold will continue in the early morning and at night.

The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control has ordered subordinate authorities to implement measures to keep the elderly, children, and students safe, in order to avoid similar damages caused by a previous strong cold spell hitting the north and north central provinces from January 7-11.

The students can be allowed to stay home if necessary.

Protection measures for animals and plants should also be carried out.

In addition, there must be proper safety guidelines for visitors looking to see frost and snow at tourist destinations.

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Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street



Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Upgrade of the 3.2 kilometer (2 mile) long street, which connects downtown District 1 with District 2 through Binh Thanh District, was launched in October 2019 at a cost of VND470 billion ($20.39 million).

Work on the section from Ton Duc Thang Street to Thu Thiem Bridge has been completed, with the remaining section from Thu Thiem Bridge to Saigon Bridge still under repair.

Phan Duc, head of the project management board, said it is 70 percent complete and that work would commence through the upcoming Lunar New Year, or Tet, to complete before April 30.

The construction site currently hosts 70 types of machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and about 150 workers, including more than 50 for night shifts.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Near the foot of Saigon Bridge, drill operator Nguyen Truong Phuc works to reduce subsidence, one of the first stages in upgrading the flood-prone street.

“I have been working here for two months, mainly at night. It’s quite stressful, operating the machine all night and concentrating for long hours,” the 32-year-old said.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

A few meters away, Ngoc Nam repairs drills chipped during construction.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Near an overpass, a group of workers use excavators and dump trucks to relocate the old drainage system to replace with a new version.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Workers from Gia Dinh Water Supply Company install a new water supply pipe. Affected families are usually informed before work commences at night to avoid disturbances.

The upgrade will see the road surface rise from 0.5 to 1.2 meters. Low-lying houses on both sides will benefit from new, wide sidewalks accessible via three-step staircases.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Bulldozers operate at the intersection of Dien Bien Phu and Nguyen Huu Canh streets.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Built in 1997 and opened to traffic in 2002, the VND420 billion ($18.1 million) Nguyen Huu Canh Street was expected to improve traffic flow in HCMC.

But not long after its opening, the street subsided and began flooding each time it rained.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

Tran Van Cuong guides a pump into a manhole on a newly-surfaced road section.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

As temperature drops to 19 degrees Celsius at night, Dao Van Xuyen, 40, often wraps himself in a scarf, two layers of T-shirts, and a pair of gloves.

Xuyen only moved to HCMC two months ago. His main work involves leveling crushed stones, watering and pouring concrete. He often chooses to work the night shift because the salary is higher than the day shift, at about VND500,000 ($21.64) per night.

“For me, this job is quite suitable since it doesn’t require high expertise but pays well. I’ll try earn some money to return home to celebrate Tet,” the worker from Thai Binh Province in northern Vietnam said.

Workers brave the night to speed up work on HCMC flood-prone street

At about 2 a.m., Dang Minh Tri eats a cup of instant noodles. He works about four nights a week drilling and mixing mortar.


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Vietnam to become first country to produce vaccine for ASF



Vietnam completed the study and pilot programme of its vaccine for ASF and is expected to start commercial production from the second quarter of this year.

vietnam to become first country to produce vaccine for asf
Vietnam to issue vaccine for ASF in second quarter

Once the products are officially launched, Vietnam will become the first country in the world manufacturing a vaccine for ASF.

Navetco National Veterinary JSC (Navetco) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development finished the pilot programme on 72 pigs in normal condition with a 100 per cent success ratio. The pilot was also applied to crossbred pigs. According to Navetco, the vaccine takes 14 days to show results..

Phung Duc Tien, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said, “The vaccine is sure to be effective because no pigs tested positive for the ASF epidemic after being injected.”

The vaccine was developed basing on the gene I177L from the US. The US studied this virus for 10 years. In February last year, Vietnam requested the United States to transfer genetically altered samples of the ASF virus it has developed to facilitate vaccine production. Vietnam plans to manufacture four batches of the vaccine with 10,000 doses each.

Vietnam National University of Agriculture started researching a vaccine last March. Thus far, it has developed four vaccines, one of which has shown encouraging results in 13 of the 14 pigs tested.

The Vietnam Academy of Agriculture Sciences’ research teams has also created a new vaccine piloted at three pig farms in the northern provinces of Hung Yen, Ha Nam, and Thai Binh. Of the total vaccinated animals, 16 out of 18 sows and all 15 pigs for meat were in healthy condition after two months, with some of the sows giving birth to healthy piglets. VIR

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