Apr 4, 2016

Water Crisis Developing in Drought-Hit Vietnam: UN

Kon Tum Province
Vietnam
by
Tan Qiuyi
,
Channel NewsAsia
A water crisis is developing in central and southern Vietnam as the region is hit by its worst drought in recent history. Photo: Tan Qiuyi
A water crisis is developing in central and southern Vietnam as the region is hit by its worst drought in recent history. Photo: Tan Qiuyi

A record drought across central and southern Vietnam is affecting the water supply and livelihoods of nearly 1.8 million people, 80 per cent of them in urgent need of drinking water, a United Nations situation report says. Twelve out of Vietnam’s 63 provinces have so far declared a state of emergency.The drought is forecast to peak in April and persist through May, which means relief may not come until June, a late start for the rainy season