Mekong Delta rivers get deeper

18082016_Mekong Delta rivers get deeper

The Tiền and Hậu rivers in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta have become deeper in recent years instead of having silt build-up like in years past, experts have said.

The 250-kilometre-long Tiền and 200-km-long Hậu, tributaries of the Mekong, are two major rivers in the delta, which is the country’s largest rice, fruit and seafood producer.

Hoàng Văn Hùng, head of the Việt Nam Inland Waterways Administration South Branch, said their depth has been increasing faster since 2008, now at an average of three to seven metres.

The situation is occurring along their entire lengths, he was quoted as saying in Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper.

Nguyễn Hữu Thiện, an ecologist based in the delta, attributed the deepening to excessive sand mining and the impacts of hydropower dams upstream. Keep reading