The annual flooding covers the three provinces of An Giang, Dong Thap and Long An from August to November. The floods bring new organic matter from upstream and deposits alluvium into the fields. It also eliminates a great part of the salinity in the soil of coastal areas and flushes out toxicity released from acid sulphate soil, while also curbing the insect and rat populations. Fish come with the floods, as does plankton as fish food and nutrient-rich silt to farmlands near the river, allowing vast fields of rice to grow.
The flood season came late this year. Delta farmers had to wait an extra two months for the high water to arrive, in mid-October. And when it did come people’s faces lit up. Tran The Phong captured these images in late October, showcasing the daily life of children during the flood season in Dong Thap province.