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Long An (VNA) – The Prime Minister has approved the more than 490 billion VND (22.05 million USD) plan of funding for the Mekong Delta province of Long An to build a reservoir to supply water for daily life and agricultural activities.

Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Van Hoang on October 28 said the project aims to tackle the effects of drought and climate change in the locality.

Of the investment, the central budget will cover 390 billion VND (17.55 million USD) while local funds will provide more than 100 billion VND (4.5 million USD) as compensation for land clearance and resettlement.

The reservoir, which will cover 100 hectares in Thanh Hoa district with a capacity of over 4.5 million cubic meters of water, is expected to be put into operation in early 2018.

Once completed, it will provide fresh water to 16,000 hectares for rice cultivation and seafood breeding and supply water to nearly 65,000 people.

The project is also hoped to regulate water in rainy and dry seasons, ensure water security and conserve mangrove forests.-VNA