The Government has tasked authorities of four central provinces, where mass fish deaths took place last year, with completing compensation for affected people by the end of June.
The assignment was delivered by Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at the sixth meeting of the State committee in charge of overcoming the environmental incident’s aftermath in the four provinces - Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.
He said these localities, particularly Ha Tinh, must focus on finishing the disbursement of the total sum they received for March, without asking to add more names to their initial beneficiaries list.
In late June 2016, Taiwan-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the mass fish deaths in the central region. It pledged VND11.5 trillion (US$500 million) in compensation.
The Ministry of Finance transferred VND3 trillion (US$134 million) to the localities in the initial phase. Of the amount, Thua Thien-Hue got VND400 billion (US$17.6 million), Quang Binh VND1.1 trillion (US$48.5 million), Ha Tinh VND1 trillion (US$44.1 million), and Quang Tri VND500 billion (US$22 million).
By March 6, the localities had disbursed almost VND3.6 trillion, or 76.8% of the total, as damages for the targeted households.