Mekong Delta: Drought, saltwater intrusion cause subsidence, water shortage

This year’s dry season is expected to bring more severe drought and saltwater intrusion to the Mekong Delta compared to previous years, significantly impacting the lives and production of local residents.

Furthermore, saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta depends on the water flow from the upper reaches of the Mekong River. The upper Mekong countries are also under the influence of El Nino, which affects water usage. Additionally, Cambodia is planning to divert water through canal systems into the Gulf of Thailand. In the long term, if this project proceeds, it will worsen drought conditions in the Mekong Delta in the coming years.

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