Erosion worsening along Mekong Delta rivers, coast

The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta is facing severe erosion along its rivers and coast, affecting people’s lives and agriculture.

The country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer had 621 eroded sites with a total length of 610 kilometres along rivers and coasts by the end of last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The changes in water flow at bends in rivers, weak banks, reducing sediment deposits in the Mekong, construction of infrastructure along banks, use of boats, and excessive mining of sand are the reasons for the riverbank erosion.

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