TIME Magazine Reports on Vietnam’s Drought

March 8, 2010

Nguyen Huy Kham for Time magazine

It looks like the Mekong River Delta isn’t Vietnam’s only waterway in peril. Last month, contributing editor Thomas Maresca reported on the dangers facing the Mekong in “Delta Blues” (vol 23), and on Thursday, Martha Anne Overland contributed a feature on the drought affecting the Red River’s dangerously low water levels for TIME magazine. Overland touches on a number of the issues Tom covered, including complications due to damming upstream, increase salinity and the impending threat of large-scale crop failure. She also brings up some shocking new developments. According to the article, the drought is the worst in more than 100 years, with water levels at an all-time low of 0.68 meters since records began being kept in 1902. Read the whole story here.

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