Ben Tre calls on residents to save water hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source: VNA)

Ben Tre (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre called on local residents to store rainwater and fresh water for their daily use and production amid the impacts of climate change at a conference on June 14.

Vice Secretary of the provincial Party’s Committee Tran Ngoc Tam said local residents need to store rainwater and fresh water to adapt to drought and saltwater intrustion from now on.

He also called on Vietnam Fatherland Front committees at all levels and social organisations to mobilise different resources to support disadvantaged households in building water containing facilities.

On the occasion, over 5.6 billion VND (250,000 USD) was raised by banks, enterprises and funds for local poor households.

Drought and salinity have damaged 20,000 hectares of rice, thousands of hectares of other crops and over a million seedling trees in the province, causing a total loss of over 1.4 trillion VND (63 million USD).

The locality is home to over 44,000 poor households suffering water shortages.-VNA