The Vietnam Red Cross Society calls for aid in the form of rice and cash for fishermen hit by mass fish deaths in four central provinces. (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – 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 VRCS’s chapters in the central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue sent out their disaster-response teams to assess the damage, the impact of mass fish deaths, the community’s and local governments’ response capability and the affected community’s urgent needs with a view to proposing suitable assistance.

Based on information collected during the fact finding trips to 17 hardest-hit communes, the society proposed providing 660 tonnes of rice and 20.7 billion VND for residents in the affected areas.

In the long term, fishermen hope to receive help to restore their livelihood in the form of debt extension and preferential loans, the society said.

Previously, the VRCS has delivered emergency aid, including 30 tonnes of rice to communes in Ky Anh and Cam Xuyen Districts of Ha Tinh province and 15 tonnes of rice and 75 million VND for 750 fishing households in three coastal communes in Quang Binh province.-VNA