Sunthone Sayachak, head of the Lao Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations, hands over the money to Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung. (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Lao governmental offices and mass organisations have raised 257,000 USD to help Vietnamese people in the southern region overcome losses caused by recent serious droughts.

Sunthone Sayachak, head of the Lao Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, handed over the money to the Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos at a ceremony in Vientiane on May 6.

Sunthone Sayachak said the aid is not large, however, it demonstrates that the Lao Party, Government, and people are willing to share difficulties with the Vietnamese people.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Laos Nguyen Manh Hung expressed thanks to the Lao Party, Government, and people for the support.

Earlier, the Lao Government released water from its dams to the Mekong River to help Vietnam cope with drought and salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta.

From February and March, the Mekong Delta was hit a double blow of prolonged drought and salt intrusion due to the impacts of El Nino, as well as low ground water supplies and from the upper river.-VNA