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Binh Phuoc (VNA) – The steering committee of the Humanitarian Fund in the southeastern province of Binh Phuoc on April 20 presented 100 water tanks to residential areas suffering from drought in 2016.

The 1,000-litre inox tanks, worth 250 million VND (11,000 USD) in total, were equally shared between Bu Dop and Loc Ninh districts.

Drought and scorching weather since the beginning of 2016 have caused great loss to Binh Phuoc, especially in areas without irrigation facilities.

According to provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, around 28,829 hectares, including 1,691 hectares of rice, 482 hectares of vegetables, and 25,576 hectares of industrial trees, were affected by drought.

Up to 26,190 households are facing water shortages while 588 hectares of fishing farms and 1,000 domestic animals are in the same situation.

Besides Loc Ninh and Bu Dop, Binh Long town also bore the brunt of the drought. The province’s total damage is estimated at 500 billion VND (22 million USD).-VNA