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Tra Vinh (VNA) – Drought during this year’s dry season has caused losses of around 1 trillion VND (43.4 million USD) in the Mekong Delta of Tra Vinh, said Director of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Minh Truyen at a conference on September 15.

More than 25,80 hectares of rice in the different crops were damaged, resulting in losses of 919 billion VND. Tens of ha of crops and over 271 ha of fruits had more than 30 percent of their cultivation areas damaged.

Moreover, drought and saltwater intrusion also led to the shortage of water for daily use, affecting thousands of households in rural areas.

Earlier, the province dredged 455 irrigation works with a total length of over 335km and pumped water to protect more than 5,700ha of winter-spring rice.

It also raised around 29 billion VND to expand water pipe system for poor households and decided to help more than 28,000 families restore agricultural production at a total cost of over 40 billion VND, more than 19 billion VND of which have been disbursed.

The province suggested the State allocate funding to build water reservoirs and pumping stations in support of over 32,500 households./.