12/04/2020 08:49 GMT+7 print

Mekong Delta provinces get help to cope with drought

An aid package of 530 billion VND (over 22.7 million USD) has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to help eight provinces in the Mekong Delta deal with drought, water scarcity and saltwater intrusion, which have been taking a heavy toll on the agricultural production hub of Vietnam.

Accordingly, Ben Tre, Long An, Tien Giang, Ca Mau and Kien Giang will be provided with 70 billion VND each, while Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu 60 billion VND each.

The support is meant to help them carry out urgent solutions to prevent and cope with drought, water scarcity and saltwater intrusion like pumping water, dredging canals, building temporary embankments to retain freshwater, digging ponds and wells to contain freshwater, extending the water supply network, purchasing equipment for water filtration and storage, and delivering water to areas facing water shortages./.