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In Brief: Drought threatens hydropower in Vietnam | IRIN Asia

BANGKOK, 9 March 2011 IRIN – Low water levels in reservoirs opened in January to irrigate rice fields in Vietnam are threatening to undermine hydropower-fuelled electricity, warn experts.

Approximately 2.7 billion cubic metres of water, equivalent to 500 million kilowatts of electricity, were discharged to irrigate more than 635,000 hectares of crops, according to Nguyen Tri Ngoc, head of the cultivation department in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

However, increasingly volatile weather patterns, coupled with heightened water demands from households and local industries, have contributed to a drought that could mean cutting off needed energy. Nearly one-third of Vietnam’s electricity is derived from hydropower.

Read more here: IRIN Asia | In Brief: Drought threatens hydropower in Vietnam | Vietnam | Economy | Environment | Natural Disasters.

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