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Hanoi, February 25 (VNA) – The Prime Minister has decided to allocate 85.1 billion VND (3.8 million USD), sourced from the central State budget reserve in 2015, to six localities to aid their drought and saltwater intrusion consequence overcoming efforts.

The benefited are Quang Tri (15.7 billion VND), Dak Lak (22.4 billion VND), Dak Nong (17.6 billion VND), Long An (9.3 billion VND), An Giang (10.7 billion VND), and Dong Thap (9.4 billion VND).

The localities’ 2015 summer-autumn crop had been severely affected by droughts and salty water.

The PM asked the People’s Committees of these localities to proactively use their local budget and other financial sources to actualise the overcoming efforts.

In 2015, El Nino caused large-scale heat waves in Vietnam with their effects badly hitting farming production in many localities.

At a meeting in Mekong Delta Can Tho city on February 17, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development urged ministries, sectors and localities to consider saltwater intrusion prevention as an extremely serious mission, and to drastically devise both short and long-term solutions.-VNA