Government helps localities overcome difficulties hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source:VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Finance to provide 1,500 tonnes of rice to the northern mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Dien Bien to support needy people in the period between crops in early 2016.

Accordingly, 324 tonnes from the national reserve will be allocated to Lang Son and Dien Bien will receive 1,220 tonnes.

The PM has decided to allocate 108.8 billion VND (4.73 million USD) from the 2015 State budget for environmental issues to help 10 localities implement projects to deal with environmental pollution.

The localities receiving the financial support include the northern mountainous provinces of Ha Giang, Bac Kan, Lang Son and Phu Tho; the central provinces of Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and Quang Tri; and Gia Lai and Kon Tum provinces in the Central Highlands region.

The fund’s remaining capital of 19.5 billion VND (848,000 USD) will be transferred to the State budget’s reserve.

The PM has also decided to provide additional financial support worth 60 billion VND (2.6 million USD) to help three provinces affected by storms and floods from October 31 to November 5, 2015 repair damaged infrastructure.

The beneficiaries are the central coastal provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Tri and Khanh Hoa.

Earlier, 130 billion VND (5.72 million USD) from the 2015 State budget’s reserve was allocated to 10 provinces hit by storms from September to October 2015.

In the period between September and October, storms and floods left 23 people dead and missing, and damaged 94 houses, more than 15,900 hectares of rice and nearly 8,500 hectares of crops, causing economic losses of more than 1.3 trillion VND (57.2 million USD).-VNA