Rice aids for farmers in Huong Hoa district, Thanh Hoa province (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) and the Ministry of Finance have submitted a proposal to the Prime Minister to ask for rice supply to drought-stricken localities, according to MoLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam.

The El Nino phenomenon has triggered prolonged hot spells and drought in the central region, the Central Highlands and the southern region, affecting agricultural production and people’s life, the deputy minister said.

The MoLISA has asked municipal and provincial People’s Committees nationwide to compile a list of households at risk of food shortage during the lunar New Year and between-crop period next year, and use local budget and raise funds from philanthropists to help them.

In case of insufficient funding, the localities should submit requests for aid to the two ministries before January 30, 2016.

According to Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam, three provinces – Nghe An, Tuyen Quang and Thanh Hoa – have asked for rice aid. The Prime Minister has approved an aid package for Thanh Hoa province.-VNA