In the border commune of Ia Mor in Chu Rong district in the central highlands province of Gia Lai, local residents have to save water in bottles. In several small villages, it’s not difficult to spot many people digging wells or even digging up hard rocks to hunt for water. In Krong, Klăh, H’Náp, and Khôi villages, women often carry water in bottles or loaded onto motorbikes. Sa Thay district in Kon Tum, Krong Bong district in DakLak, and Dak G’Long district in Dak Nong are also threatened by a shortage of water.
In early March every year, streams of people flock to Krong Ana River in Cu K’Ty commune in Krong Bong district to bring water home in casks.
Meanwhile, in the resettlement area of Dak P’s Lao in Dak G’Long district, hundreds of households are day and night haunted by scarce sources of fresh water.
The image you can see in the photo report is not a striking finding because it happens every year. However, we would like to convey a message to urban dwellers, who have easy access to fresh water, that we should save water together...
Inhabitants in H’Náp and Khôi resettlement areas have to save every drop of water.
A woman in H’Náp village washes her face on a scorching day.
Although the river water is muddy and filled with sand, residents in Cư K’Ty have no choice.
In this photo, women in H’Náp Village walk across barren paddy fields to bring water home. Local farmers are only able to carry out cultivation in the rainy season that usually lasts three months.
Residents in some communes in Sa Thay district in Kon Tum central highlands province feel miserable about water shortages. In this photo, a resident in Sa Binh commune gets muddy water for his family’s daily activities.
Lich Van It and his wife Hoang Thi Hop in hamlet 4, Dak Đắk P’Lao commune, Đắk G’Long district in the central highlands province of Đắk Nông)
save water for their daily activities.
Like other households in the hamlet, Lich Van It, 31, designs a ‘water tank’ made of a canvas to store and filter water in the dry season.
A resident in Cư K’Ty commune carries water on buffalo cart.
The project of building a fresh water tank Ia Mor in Chu Prong district in Gia Lai central highlands province was approved by the country’s government in 2005 and it’s expected to be completed in 2010. However, in reality, the project will be officially implemented in 2011 and is expected to be finished in 2015.
Over the past several days, the family of Ro Mah Phuc, 69, in H’Nap Village has been affected by a serious shortage of fresh water.
HDé, 28, bathes her 1-year-old male baby Ka Tuan at a stream near her home every afternoon.