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Drought and salinity-stricken areas to receive government support

Released at: 15:48, 23/06/2016

Drought and salinity-stricken areas to receive government support

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More than $10 million to come to help 11 localities and one SOE.

by Quoc Uy

Under a decision signed  by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, VND231.5 billion ($10.38 million) from the 2016 national reserve fund will be used to back 11 localities and one state enterprise in overcoming aftermaths of recent drought and saltwater intrusion.

The central highland province of Lam Dong will get most, or VND35 billion ($1.56 million) out of the supporting budget.  

Losses caused by drought and salination to the southern, south central and central highland provinces, as of April 2016, were estimated to over VND9 trillion ($403.56 million).

As of March this year, in 18 affected provinces, about two million people could not be supplied with safe water; 1.1 million persons needed food support; more than 60,000 women and children were suffering from malnutrition and about 400,000 others were in danger of epidemic diseases, due to the shortage of safe water; 1.75 million people lost ways to earn their living.

In April 2016, the Vietnamese government called on international community to support the country in fighting drought and salination. It was estimated that Vietnam needs international aid of more than $40 million to overcome aftermaths of the drought and salination, including $16.4 million for food security and $14 million for safe water.

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