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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Drought in the wetland

By Nguyen Huu Thien

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The Mekong Delta region has previously endured two severe seasonal droughts caused by El Niño in 2015-2016 and 2019-2020. However, experts are now predicting the likelihood of a “super” El Niño occurring this year, which could lead to even more severe drought, saltwater intrusion, and shortages of sand and alluvial sediments. These factors would have negative impacts on electricity generation in hydropower plants and crop production in the following year. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, there have been only two instances of “super” El Niño phenomenon occurring, in 1982-1983 […]
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