Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the request during a working session on the issue with the provincial People’s Committee on October 14.
Total compensation for damage caused by the mass fish deaths, resulted by flawed waste and wastewater treatment of Taiwan-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Co. Ltd, in Thua Thien-Hue is over VND749.76 billion (US$33.74 million), according to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
|Fish caught at sea are brought onto the shore
The People’s Committee has decided to allocate VND400 billion sourced from the compensation advance to Phong Dien, Quang Dien, Phu Vang and Phu Loc districts and Huong Tra town.
These localities are publicizing the lists of affected residents. After the publication period (3-5 days), the payment will be made after complaints, if any, are solved, local officials said.
Aside from Thua Thien-Hue, three other central provinces were also influenced by the marine pollution, namely Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.
The Ministry of Finance has transferred VND3 trillion (US$135 million) to the four provinces, including VND400 billion for Thua Thien-Hue. The money is part of the US$500 million compensation paid by Formosa Ha Tinh.
Eligible for compensation are those working in seafood harvesting, aquatic breeding, salt production, coastal seafood business activities, fishing logistics, coastal tourism services, and seafood stockpiling and purchasing.