Mekong Delta province receives assistance to fight drought and saltwater intrusion.
The New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam announced humanitarian aid on April 28 of $50,000 for communities in the Mekong Delta’s Ben Tre province affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.
The assistance will be provided through an ongoing $4 million New Zealand-funded project in the province entitled “Building Resilience to Disaster and Climate Risks of Men and Women in Ben Tre Province”, implemented by Oxfam in Vietnam. The emergency relief responds to urgent needs of people in the 15 most affected communes in Binh Dai, Ba Tri, and Thanh Phu districts.
Up to 6,000 cattle and goat farmers in the three districts will receive cash grants to buy food and water supplies for their livestock, on which they are dependent for their livelihoods.
“We recognize the serious impact that drought and saltwater intrusion are having on communities in southern and central provinces of Vietnam,” said New Zealand Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Haike Manning. “This assistance is a modest but practical contribution to the communities we are already working with through our existing project and is an example of New Zealand’s ongoing commitment to supporting vulnerable communities across Vietnam.”
New Zealand will continue sharing its experience and working closely with partners such as Oxfam to assist local communities to deal with drought and saltwater intrusion and the effects of climate change in the Mekong Delta region.
Oxfam is also working in collaboration with the local government in Ben Tre province to provide safe drinking water to more than 6,000 people.
“The drought and saltwater intrusion have made the lives of hundreds of thousands of families more serious, while most are already living under the poverty line,” said Oxfam Country Director Babeth Lefur. “Oxfam commits to implement this emergency response with the highest responsibility and efficiency.”