Mekong Delta water levels in May were 19 percent lower than previously average

The water level in the Mekong Delta in May 2024 was about 11 billion cubic meters, 19 percent lower than the average for many years. 

The impact of climate change combined with upstream exploitation has led to continuous saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta region, typically in the dry seasons of 2015-2016, 2019-2020 and early 2024. Saltwater intrusion tends to occur earlier and more strongly than before.

According to Minister Dang Quoc Khanh, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is urgently developing scenarios for water resources in the inter-provincial river basins which is expected to be announced in early 2025 after the Law on Water Resources takes effect.

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