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Drought destroys crops in central Nghe An province

Prolonged hot and dry weather has affected more than 1,200ha of rice and other crops in the central province of Nghe An’s Do Luong district, a local newspaper reported.

Nguyen Thi Nhuong, a farmer from Dai Son commune in Nghe An province’s Do Luong district,
picks wilted rice plants to provide food for her buffalo. (Photo:

As much as 81ha used for aquaculture was also reported damaged, with dead fish lying on the parched ground.

Most reservoirs in the district have hit record lows and are no longer able to supply water to rice paddies.

Nguyen Thi  Nhuong, a resident of the district's Dai Son commune, said that despite spending a lot of time preparing the soil, sowing rice and distributing fertiliser, her family’s cultivation of area of 2,520sq.m was gradually dying due to the lack of water.

“Since the prolonged heat has killed many rice cultivation areas, my family and local residents hope the Government will provide some assistance to offset the initial investment,” she told Nghe An newspaper.

Nhuong said she had no choice but to harvest her rice to provide food for her buffalo, adding that she had spent several million VND on the rice seeds, fertiliser and other expenses.

It was estimated that 254ha out of the commune’s 366ha of rice growing area was threatened by the ongoing drought. Thirteen out of the commune's 14 reservoirs were running out of water.

Due to the extremely low water levels and continuous hot weather, dead fish can be seen along the bottom of Cho Ran reservoir.

Pumps are running at full capacity to supply water for rice cultivation, said Nguyen Van Thai, another resident.

Farmers in Hien Son commune are suffering the same ordeal with 115ha of summer-autumn rice withering because of the drought.

Ru Hoi, Hoa Long and Hoa Phu villages have been hardest hit.

Experts said that because the heat is expected to last until September, the amount of destroyed crops will continue to rise.