Mekong Delta people thrive in ’floating season’

VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta living in upstream provinces are benefiting from the annual flood season, known informally as the “floating season”, because of its benefits to locals.

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Rising waters: Heavy floods have come earlier this year, covering all residential areas, roads and fields in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu Town, especially in low-lying areas. — VNA/VNS Photo


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Whatever it takes: Local military forces help students in An Giang Province’s An Phu District go to school via boat. — VNS Photo Ngoc Diep


After harvests, farmers open their fields waiting for floodwaters that bring fish as well as alluvium that fertilises fields.

During the flood season, boats are used both as a major means of transport and a means to catch fish.

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Shell season: Now is the peak season for crab in Thuong Thoi Tien Commune in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu District. — VNS Photo Ngoc Diep


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Busy days: Fishing net makers in Vinh Te Commune in An Giang Province’s Chau Doc City are now entering the peak season in the Mekong Delta. — VNS Photo Ngoc Diep


Besides the bounty of fish and other natural resources, craftspeople in Dong Thap and An Giang provinces are busy making fishing tools and boats during the flood season.

In July, craftspeople begin to make fishing nets, boats, fish hooks and crab traps for fishermen in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Lotus plants and flowers also bring high income for local farmers in the delta during the flood season.

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Fishy funds: A fishing net maker can earn about VND3-5 million (US$128-214) per month during the flood season. — VNS Photo Ngoc Diep


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Crafting traps: Le Van Thi, 60, a local bamboo crab trap maker in Dong Thap Province’s Hong Ngu Town, is busy serving the needs of fishermen during the annual flood season. — VNS Photo Ngoc Diep


by Ngoc Diep

Source: VNS

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