Water shortages, climate change linked to saline intrusion in Mekong Delta

The most severe saline intrusion – the movement of ocean saltwater into riverine freshwater – is said to occur in the Mekong Delta region from February 8 to 16, coinciding with the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, since Chinese hydro-power plants have reduced their water discharge, which affects water flows downstream on the Mekong River, experts have said.

It recommended Mekong Delta localities pay due attention to saline intrusion prevention measures, such as the rational operation of irrigation works and reductions in drainage, saying water storage should be completed before February 7 as this will help reduce damage when salinity levels increase during Tet.

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