Drought hits Mekong Delta susceptible to forest fires
Authorities in the Mekong Delta are on high alert from threats of forest fires, as an early start of the dry season this year and scorching dry weather conditions have depleted thousands of hectares of lush green mangrove forests.
Patrol teams stamp out a forest fire in Ca Mau Province (Photo: SGGP)
Several mangrove forests have withered, while canals have run out of water along Thanh Hoa, Moc Hoa, Tan Thanh and Tan Hung Districts in Long An Province, from the intense dry heat.
Vo Van Lan, owner of a 30 hectare forest in Thanh Hoa District, said that it has not rained in several days. He and other forest owners are now camped in the forest to prevent forest fires.
Le Minh Duc, director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Long An Province, said that the entire 30,000 mangrove area is in high risk of forest fires.
The department has instructed the forest rangers to work with local authorities and residents to implement fire prevention measures on an urgent basis.