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Lam Dong (VNA) – The People’s Committee of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong will spend 22.5 billion VND (1.01 million USD) on alleviating the aftermath of a prolonged drought.

The funding is sourced from the provincial budget, the Finance Ministry, the Bank for Investment and Development and the Vietnam Fatherland Front’s Hanoi chapter.

It will be distributed among 12 local districts and cities, with priority given to severely hit localities, like Di Linh, Cat Tien and Lam Ha district.

Local authorities are told to use the money to dredge irrigation ditches, canals and reservoirs to ensure water supply as the hot weather continues. Digging small ponds and lakes are also important tasks.

The Lam Dong centre for irrigation investment and management will also receive part of the fund to cover the cost of fuel and electricity in operating pumping stations.-VNA