Quang Tri supports farmers affected by mass fish deaths. (Source: VNA)

Quang Tri (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the central province of Quang Tri has made a decision on urgent aid for farmers in the coastal districts of Trieu Phong, Vinh Linh, Gio Linh and Hai Lang, which are affected by mass fish deaths.

Accordingly, they will receive between 4-10 million VND (180 USD – 450 USD) for each hectare of their affected fish and shrimp farming areas.

The province will also provide 15 kilogrammes of rice per person per month for a month and a half to households with fishing vessel owners or workers who are suffering losses caused by mass fish deaths.

Each fishing vessel will also receive aid of 3.5 million – 5 million VND (150 USD – 220 USD) for suspending their fishing offshore.

The central bank will provide a preferential interest rate on loans disbursed from May 5 to June 5 for the affected enterprises.

Additionally, other support will be provided in terms of environment clean up, health check-ups for local residents and food safety.

Earlier last month, massive fish deaths were reported along beaches in four coastal central provinces - Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, aquacultural farms reported 67 tonnes of dead fish while the volume of natural fish found dead was estimated at 100 tonnes.

Investigation is underway into the cause of the phenomenon, which the Government describes as a serious environment accident.-VNA