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Ninh Thuan (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc directed the south-central region and Central Highlands to take drastic measures to prevent drought at a working session with local authorities in Ninh Thuan province on February 22.

He urged the localities to examine water reservoirs and build proper plans for water usage, prioritising local daily activities, animals, and highly-economic crops.

It is important to define areas that are prone to water deficiency to prepare appropriate plans for growing drought-resistant crops and speeding up the construction of irrigation facilities, especially canal systems, he said, adding that enhancing public awareness of using water economically is essential to that end.

The Deputy PM asked ministries and sectors to save water at reservoirs to provide sufficient water for drought-hit areas during the dry season, stressing the need for supplementary policies to support locals in affected regions.

In the long run, it is essential to arrange sufficient capital to improve water reservoirs and canal networks, while implementing effectively forest fire prevention and forest protection measures.

The same day, the Deputy PM made a fact-finding tour of the Song Sat water reservoir and inspected the situation at the Tan My dam. He also visited locals in dry areas of Khanh Tan hamlet, Nhon Hai commune, Ninh Hai district.-VNA