Mekong Delta provinces get help to cope with drought

An aid package of VND530 billion (over US$22.7 million) 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.

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Farmers examine a rice field damaged by drought in Tan Tru district, the Mekong Delta province of Long An (Photo: VNA)

Accordingly, Ben Tre, Long An, Tien Giang, Ca Mau and Kien Giang will be provided with VND70 billion each, while Soc Trang, Tra Vinh and Bac Lieu VND60 billion 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.

VNA