Salt poisoning is hitting the Mekong Delta because of the annual floods have not happened. Both agriculture and water supplies are being affected, according to a report in the Vietnam News.
According to provincial authorities, salination, though not severe, has been reported in the Thoai Ha and Vinh Te canals and could poison crops. The water level in the Mekong River is unusually low, allowing seawater to encroach into water bodies. The dry season is soon expected and drought is on the cards.
In Ben Tre, Tien Giang, and Vinh Long, the incursion of saltwater has been deeper and more frequent compared to last year. In some areas it extends 60km from the coast. In Soc Trang it extends 80km inland.