Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on December 3 signed a decision to entrust the Finance Ministry to extract 335 billion VND from the State budget and 8,600 tonnes of rice from the national reserve to support 11 provinces stricken by natural disasters.

The beneficiary localities include Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam , Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan, Dak Lak and Thai Nguyen.

The PM also asked the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to continue keeping close watch to the scarcity of food and hunger in localities hit by floods and report to him.

Chairmen of the provincial People’s Committees will be responsible for effectively managing and using the allocated cash and rice as well as actively mobilising the local budget and other legal financial resources for surmounting the consequences of natural disasters, according to the decision.

On the same day, the PM signed another decision to provide lifeboats, chemicals and vaccines for Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Thua Thien-Hue, and Quang Ngai provinces./.