Changes to the water environment on the La Nga river in the southern province of Dong Nai have been blamed for the death of nearly 1,000 tonnes of fish this month, provincial officials have said.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources on July 13 asked the People’s Committees of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue to maintain strict supervision on waste discharges from the Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company.
Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company in Ha Tinh province has completed 52 out of 53 environmental protection tasks required of it after violating regulations on environmental protection, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE).
Mass fish deaths have been reported in north-central Vietnam after a local tin mining company’s tailing pond gave way on March 9, causing the toxic refuse to flow into a nearby stream.
The tourism sector in the central province of Quang Tri is recovering from mass fish deaths last year, with 3,000 arrivals recorded during the seven-day lunar New Year holiday.
Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh urged the People’s Committees of the four central provinces affected by the environmental incident earlier this year to award compensation transparently.
The Prime Minister has issued a decision on the compensation levels for damage from the environmental incident in the four central provinces caused by Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Company.
Hot issues regarding inspection and the settlement of complaints and denunciations were major topics of a press conference hosted by the Government Inspectorate in Hanoi on July 22.
Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Group must replace the current technology at its Vietnamese steel making plant, which was responsible for killing dozens of metric tons of fish, Vietnam’s science ministry said on July 5.
The People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien–Hue have discussed measures to help fishermen overcome difficulties from the recent marine environmental incident to stabilise their living and develop production.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has actively advised the Government on policies to restore the environment in four central provinces affected by the recent environmental crisis and help local fishermen to settle their lives in the long term.
Many foreign news agencies and media on June 30 ran articles and live broadcast on the Vietnamese Government’s press conference announcing the cause of the recent mass fish deaths in Vietnam’s central region.
A number of organisations signed a joint action programme in Hanoi on May 19 to support farmers affected by drought, saltwater intrusion, and massive seafood death.
Social order in Ho Chi Minh City was disrupted on May 1 and 8 after some mass gatherings were held in the name of environment protection using the context of the unusual mass fish deaths in the north central provinces.
The Prime Minister has ordered concerned ministries and provinces to promptly carry out Decision No. 772/QD-TTg dated May 9, 2016 on providing emergency support for people affected by the mass fish deaths in central provinces.
The Vietnam Red Cross Society (VRCS) on May 13 called for aid in the form of rice and cash for fishermen in areas hit by mass fish deaths following surveys of affected areas.
The interdisciplinary inspection team led by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has started to check the wastewater treatment system of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Ltd. to clarify the linkages between the company’s discharge and the mass fish death in Central Vietnam.
The Vietnam Environment Administration’s Centre for Environmental Monitoring has issued a dispatch to guide four central coastal provinces affected by the mass fish deaths in April in how to take, preserve and transport water samples for regular testing.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has recently sent a document to local departments of culture, sports and tourism in several central coastal provinces asking them to ensure safety for tourism activities in the context of a recent mass fish death incident.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has decided to set up its hotlines to help fishermen in some central provinces overcome difficulties caused by the recent mass fish deaths.