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Flood waters finally hit Mekong Delta
Near the Hau (Rear) River, one of the Mekong's two main tributaries in Vietnam, rice paddy fields were beginning to dry up, but now they are submerged underwater.
Small boats travel across the flooded plain to cast their fishing nets or pick wild water lilies. "My children caught a considerable amount of fish yesterday," said farmer Duong Van Ut from Vinh Thanh District.
"I was concerned about my paddy fields that were polluted with pests and rubbish," he said. "But now the floods will restore my fields."
Floods typically arrive in Viet Nam's Mekong Delta from June to October every year. This year farmers along the Mekong River's two main tributaries have been looking forward to floods for months.
Floods bring fish from Cambodia's Tonle Sap Lake and alluvial deposits that help nurture the paddy fields.
This year's drought brought hardship to farmers, merchants and craftsmen in the Delta.
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