Fishermen in central Quang Tri province (Illustrative image. Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – All organisations and individuals affected by the environmental incident in the four central provinces will receive compensation, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said at the Government’s monthly press conference on August 31.

Tam said his ministry has guided provinces to count losses and dispatched working groups to localities to help, stressing that the provision of compensation will be done with transparency.

He added that Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh agreed with the provinces’ proposal to extend the deadline for filing compensation claims until September 15.

Compensation will be handed over after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc signs a decision announcing damages awarded to each locality in late September.

In late June, Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the mass fish deaths in the four provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, and pledged 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) in compensation.

Regarding the stockpile of nearly 4,000 tonnes of frozen fish in the central provinces, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said his ministry asked localities to instruct relevant agencies to classify the fish.

The ministry will collect samples taken from the stockpile and hand over to the national laboratory for testing. Only safe fish will be sold.

Minister-Chairman of the Government Office Mai Tien Dung also briefed the conference on other issues debated at the regular Cabinet meeting such as institution building, the Government’s working regulations and the use of public assets.-VNA