The Ministry of Finance has transferred VND3 trillion (US$134 million) to the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue where fish died en mass due to the environmental pollution in April.
The money, part of the US$500 million compensation paid by Taiwanese Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation, was allocated to Quang Binh, VND1.1 trillion (US$49.3 million); Ha Tinh, VND1 trillion (US$44.8 million); Quang Tri, VND500 billion (US$22.4 million), and Thua Thien-Hue, VND400 billion (US$17.9 million).
The ministry also issued detailed instructions on how to compensate people in each locality.
The People’s Committee of Thua Thien – Hue on October 13 decided on the allocation of VND400 billion to the districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Phu Vang, Phu Loc and Huong Tra town.
Accordingly, the above-mentioned localities received VND48.17 billion (US$2.16 million); VND27.9 billion (US$1.25 million); VND137.16 billion (US$6.17 million); VND147.25 billion (US$6.62 million); and VND39.5 billion (US$1.77 million), respectively.
The People’s Committees of the five localities will advance half of compensation levels for the affected in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 1880/QD-TTg on September 29, 2016.
Chairman of the Phu Loc District People’s Committee Nguyen Van Manh said the advance payment will be made to all affected people within three to five days upon the announcement of the official eligible lists.
Meanwhile, Quang Tri had a working session with officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the compensation worth VND500 billion (US$22.4 million).
The pollution incident affected 2,659 fishing boats and 4,778 crew members; 824.221 ha of farming fish; 15,934 labourers; and 1,290 tonnes of frozen fish.
The provincial People’s Committee suggested relevant ministries and agencies assisting local people to establish long-term livelihoods while continuing monitoring the marine environment to ensure it is safe for breeding and exploitation.
In late September, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a decision to list seven groups of victims working in affected sectors in the four provinces, including seafood harvesting, aquatic breeding, salt production, coastal seafood business activities, fishing logistics, coastal tourism services and seafood stockpiling and purchase.
Compensation ranges from VND3.69 million (US$165) and VND37.48 million (US$1,680) per person each month depending on damage.
The mass fish deaths along beaches in the central region were found to be the results of flawed waste and wastewater treatment of Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company.
Formosa accepted responsibility for the incident and agreed to a total compensation of VND11.5 trillion (US$500 million) to support local fishermen to switch to other jobs and recover the polluted maritime environment.