Poor people in Dong Thap Muoi are happy to welcome late floods

LONG AN, Vietnam (NV) – The flood came late and was lower than for many years, but the people of Dong Thap Muoi were happy to take advantage of fishing and pulling nets because at least it helped them get through the difficult time after a long time of starvation because of the disease.

The fields along the two sides of canal 79 flowing through Tan Thanh, Moc Hoa and Tan Hung districts this season, the water surface is flooded from 45 to 50 cm deep. More than 38,000 hectares of Autumn-Winter rice has mostly been harvested by people, except for the fields without dikes that do not allow the third crop to let the flood in, some farmers continue to sow with nearly 8,000 hectares.

People run canoes to pull cones, place slugs to catch fish and crabs in flooded fields in Thanh Hung commune, Moc Hoa district. (Image: Hoang Nam/VNExpress)

Speaking to VNExpress, Mr. Vo Kim Thuan, director of the Department of Rural Development and Irrigation in Long An province, said that except for later than every year, this year’s flood is forecasted to be quite low with water levels in regional districts. Dong Thap Muoi is only 0.01 to 0.34 meters higher than the same period last year.

According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, the water level in the Mekong River upstream will continue to rise with the tide. In the coming days, the highest water level of the day in Tan Chau at 2.50 meters, Chau Doc at 2.40 meters.

In the districts of Dong Thap Muoi, the water will continue to rise due to floods, local rains and high tides at the end of August and beginning of September of the lunar calendar.

When the flood came, many poor farmer families were happy because they had more income. Mr and Mrs. Tong Van Thi (49 years old, native of An Giang) and their two children live on a “floating house” which is a large gourd boat. Every day, he and his wife split up to catch fish from the canoe and shell.

Due to the blockade of the disease, they could not go anywhere, the fish season did not come back, Mr. Thi and his wife had to go around the fields to cut rice (rice grows wild from the stubble after the harvest), get 4.5 bushels, catch snails , pick fresh vegetables for the day.

“From the beginning of the epidemic season, I still had 5 million VND ($220) of money to save, I discussed with him to buy rice enough to eat for two months, wait until the flood comes back, I wonder if the flood will be late for almost a month, eat three bags of rice, four a box of noodles, 10 kilograms of rice from the government, but the translation is not over yet,” Thi’s wife told VNExpress.

Bringing all 40 roofs to the shore in Tan Lap commune, Moc Hoa district, Long An province, Mr. Thi used a large mesh bag to hang on a bamboo pole, then opened the roof and poured more than 2 kg of frogs in, waiting until noon. drive to scale and sell for from 50,000 VND to 65,000 VND ($2.2 to $2.8)/kg. However, one day the trader did not come to weigh in, the restaurant did not run out. Mr. Thanh had to bring crabs to the neighbors.

Depending on the day, Mr. Thi earns from 100,000 VND to 200,000 VND ($4.4 to $8.4). “This year, the epidemic lasted, and the sale of fish and shrimp was slow due to difficulties in traveling, but I still ordered 10 more mouths to earn more, but every day only about 8 to 10 kg of trash fish,” Mr. Thi said.

More than 3 kilometers away in Thanh Hung commune, Moc Hoa district, Mr. Tran Van Thanh (63 years old) is rowing a canoe to dump crabs. In previous years, each flood season, Mr. Thanh placed about 500 roofs, earning nearly 10 kg of crabs every day, earning from 400,000 VND to 500,000 VND ($17.6 to $22), the elderly couple and their granddaughter lived “healthy,” but This year seems to be much more difficult.

Master Nguyen Huu Thien, an independent expert on ecology in the Mekong Delta, said that at the beginning of this year’s rainy season, hydroelectric dams in the upper Mekong River have retained most of the water, making this year’s flood season slow. compared with natural conditions.

Mr. Tran Van Thanh poured nearly 30 roofs per day, only a few kilograms of crabs were obtained. (Image: Hoang Nam/VNExpress)

Specifically, in mid-August, dams in China have retained a total of 1.4 billion cubic meters of water. In addition, most of the 34 tributary dams in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have also retained a total of 633 billion cubic meters of water in reservoirs.

Mr. Thien said that because this year’s first rainfall in the basin was lower than the average for many years, it had a great impact on the water level of the Mekong River, affecting the amount of natural fishery due to the lack of breeding places as well as the impact on the environment. agriculture in some parts of the basin. (Tr.N)

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