Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade reported that five major hydropower plants in the north were temporarily idled in June, which will create a shortage of 5,000 megawatts of power for the region. Thermal power plants in the region are reportedly short more than 1 million tons of coal for power production for this and next month, which could intensify the electricity shortage in the region.

Vietnam’s main coal suppliers Vinacomin and Dong Bac Corp were obliged to provide 4.4 million metric tons (mt) to Vietnam Electricity (EVN) for power production in June and July, but so far they are more than 1.6 million mt short. The area already suffers from load shedding, which disrupts daily life.