Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang Province on the northern border has dried up almost completely except for a few hours a day when a hydroelectric plant releases water.
A member of the Ban Gioc Waterfall Tourist Area management on Thursday blamed this on the lack of rain this year and resultant drought.
The water usually runs low between late November and early May, but rarely dries up like this.
Ban Gioc, which is on the Quai Son River and on the China border, is considered one of the largest transnational waterfalls in the world.
Tran Van Phu, People’s Committee chairman of Dam Thuy Commune, where it is located, said the lack of water is also due to the inefficient management of water at the hydropower plant, which is two kilometers away from the waterfall and has hold back water from the upstream Quay Son River.
The management has advised tourists to visit the waterfall between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily when the power plant releases water.
“We hope it will rain soon so that the waterfall can regain its beauty and welcome guests during the upcoming April 30 holidays.”
Trung Khanh District received 122,400 tourists in the first quarter of this year, of whom more than 56,000 visited the waterfall.
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