WARM WITH LOVE IN THE DROUGHT – SALINE INTRUSION 2020
For people in Khanh Lam commune, U Minh district, Ca Mau province, the last Tet was the first year in history they had to live with drought and saline intrusion because they could not keep up. Accompanying with people in drought and saline intrusion areas on April 23, Charity Club Warm With Love cooperated with the Provincial Union of Ca Mau Province to donate 120 tanks of 1,500 liters and 100,000 VND to buy freshwater for each household in difficult circumstances in the program “Join hands to overcome drought and saline intrusion”.
The drought and saline intrusion 2020 made many households stuck to see the rice died
Drought and saline intrusion this year penetrated deeply into the inland areas, causing many difficulties and losses to the lives of people in Khanh Lam commune, U Minh district, Ca Mau province because it’s too fast too suddenly. When it peaked, more than 20,500 hectares of rice and vegetables were severely affected, including more than 6,850 hectares of rice from 30 to 70% damage and 13,600 hectares of rice with 70% or more losses (according to the data updated to April 10th, 2020 by Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ca Mau province).
When the drought and saline intrusion peaked, more than 20,500 hectares of rice and vegetables were severely affected.
The shortage of freshwater and saline intrusion seriously affects the cultivation and daily life of people. The province currently has nearly 21,000 households lacking freshwater due to drought on a large scale. The prolonged drought situation is also considered to be the cause of many roads and dikes in Ca Mau being seriously subsided. The whole province has over 1,130 points of land subsidence and landslides with a length of more than 24,700 meters.
If the saline intrusion in 2016 is considered a record, repeated once over hundreds of years, the one in 2020 will break all previously established records. This is a very strange phenomenon, even the elders said that it had never been up so early and so quickly like that. Ca Mau quickly announced an emergency situation due to a drought of level 2 in the freshwater-area of the U Minh district.
The shortage of freshwater and saline intrusion seriously affects the cultivation and daily life of people.
Despite the experience learned in 2016 and localities actively took initiative, the damage still occurred. These days, in most of the 3rd crop rice fields, everyone sees a gray from the sun-dried rice and cracked fields.
Join hands to support and implement solutions to combat drought and saline intrusion
In extreme cases, prolonged periods of lack of rain and increased use of water on tributaries and dam storage will make drought and saltwater intrusion longer and more severe. It is known that, before the forecast of this year’s drought will be more complicated than 2016, from mid-2019, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc requested the implementation of urgent solutions to prevent drought and saline intrusion.
Solutions to combat drought in localities include:
- To monitor the salinity level, constantly check the water source, if the salinity drops below the permitted level, immediately open a drain or actively pump into reservoirs and canals leading into the field to store freshwater.
- Dredging canals to increase storage capacity in the dry season; maintain and upgrade sewer and bulge systems to proactively overcome and limit leakage and saltwater intrusion; building steel dams, pumping stations … to create more favorable conditions for regulating and using water suitable for plants.
- Supporting water storage devices for scattered residential areas.
Accompanying with people in drought and saline intrusion areas on April 23, Charity Club Warm With Love cooperated with the Provincial Union of Ca Mau Province to donate 120 tanks of 1,500 liters and 100,000 VND to buy freshwater for each household in difficult circumstances in the program “Join hands to overcome drought and saline intrusion”.
120 tanks of 1,500 liters and 100,000 VND to buy freshwater for each household in difficult circumstances.
Charity Club Warm With Love cooperated with the Provincial Union of Ca Mau Province accompany people in drought and saline intrusion areas.
Ms. Duong Thi Thu, 55 years old, was so happy to see the large water tank. She had aches and pains, had surgery on her shoulder, and was poor. Every day, she asked for buckets of water from neighbors to cook and wash. “If it rains again, I would like to fill the tub and save it for a few months” – she said.
“This year, the saline intrusion came here, everyone could not keep up. Hearing the news of the sponsorship I was so happy, so happy that last night I could not sleep. There was this tank, later I stored water to save, there is anything else that can be used “- Ms. Trinh Bich Tuyen, 34 years old, said while looking emotionally at a tank.
As Ms. Mac Thi Ly, 38 years old said: “This year also recommends diseases with hygiene requirements so everyone should not drink rainwater, have to boil water, but now lack such water, rain or warm water anything I drink at home”. It can be seen that this year is especially difficult for people when simultaneously suffering two major natural disasters. When the drought and saline intrusion did not withdraw, the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 also made the life of poor rural people more difficult.
When the drought and saline intrusion did not withdraw, the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 also made the life of poor rural people more difficult.
Charity Club representatives together with local leaders presented a water tank and support money to Ms. Phan Thi Oanh, 36 years old – bringing up 5 children alone.
Warmly handed – warm-hearted recipient
The program of giving water tanks to people in drought and saline intrusion areas was streamlined and strictly followed the Prime Minister’s Directive 16 in the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As one of the purely agricultural communes in the fresh-water area, when being affected by the drought and saline intrusion and the COVID epidemic, the lives of people are facing many difficulties. Many thanks to Charity Club Warm With Love for sharing and giving the water tank to people. Everyone also notes good preservation for long-term use, save water in the rainy season”- Mr. Le Thanh Mai, Vice Chairman of Khanh Lam commune said.
Mr. Le Thanh Mai, Vice Chairman of Khanh Lam Commune said: “The gifts that Charity Club Warm With Love brings so much meaning”.
Mr. Pham Viet Xo – Member of the Standing Committee of the Union of Ca Mau Province said in the ceremony to present the water tank: “On behalf of the people, we would like to thank Charity Club Warm With Love for sharing also as sympathetic to the difficult circumstances in this year’s drought and saline intrusion. This gift not only solves difficulties ahead but also has a long-term meaning for the upcoming life of the people “.
Mr. Pham Viet Xo – Member of the Standing Committee of Doan Ca Mau Province said: “This gift not only solves difficulties ahead but also has a long-term meaning for the upcoming life of the people”.
In the warm ceremony full of human love, Mr. Trinh Hoang Thuan – Vice Chairman of the U Minh District Fatherland Front Committee also sincerely gave a Letter of appreciation and good wishes to the members and representatives of the club.
Mr. Trinh Hoang Thuan – Vice Chairman of the U Minh District Fatherland Front Committee presented a Letter of appreciation to the Club Representative.
The total budget of 120 of 1,500-liter water tanks and donated 100,000 VND to buy freshwater for each household this time was 266,055,000 VND from the program ” Join hands to overcome drought and saline intrusion ” by Charity Club Warm With Love launched. To accompany with Club replicate these meaningful activities, all contributions please turn to:
- Account name: Charity Club Warm With Love (CLB Thiện nguyện Ấm Tình Yêu Thương)
- Account number: 059704078787878
- Bank: HDBank – East Saigon branch
- Content: Full name of the supporter
Charity Club Warm With Love also would like to express sincere thanks to the enthusiastic cooperation of Provincial Union of Ca Mau Province, the leader of U Minh District, the clean water supplier and all the leaders of Khanh Lam commune created conditions for the Club to carry out the program of spreading love and sharing difficulties with the community.
Of a copper, a compression, money can be counted in thousands, hundreds, millions, and billions, but human love and charity do not have any measure at all. Therefore, the hearts of organizations and individuals to people in the peak of drought and saline intrusion and unpredictable movements of COVID-19 are extremely valuable.
Hearts of gold come to people in the peak of drought and saline intrusion and unpredictable COVID-19 epidemic is extremely precious.