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Quang Tri (VNA) –Vinh Linh district is the first localities in the central province of Quang Tri to distribute compensation to residents affected by the mass fish deaths earlier this year.

On November 16, the first day of compensation, residents in Vinh Moc village, Vinh Thanh commune received the money.

During the first phase of compensation, nearly 11.9 billion VND (535,500 USD) will be awarded to 257 people in Vinh Moc village in line with the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 1880.

Tran Huu Hung, Chairman of the Vinh Linh People’s Committee, said Vinh Linh is one of the localities in Quang Tri hardest affected by the environmental incident.

Following the PM’s Decision, local agencies and localities have assessed and make a list of victims to ensure the compensation take place publicly, transparently and equally, helping locals stabilise their lives and resume their production.

In the first phase, the provincial People’s Committee has decided to allocate more than 200 billion VND in compensation for ship owners and labourers affected by the incident.

Quang Tri has more than 8,000 households with nearly 45,000 people, over 2,800 boats from 16 coastal communes and towns in four districts – Vinh Linh, Gio Linh, Trieu Phong and Hai Lang – severely affected by the incident.

In late June, the Taiwan-invested Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Limited Company admitted responsibility for the mass fish deaths in the four provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, and pledged 11.5 trillion VND (500 million USD) in compensation.

The Ministry of Finance transferred 3 trillion VND (134 million USD) to the localities. Of the amount, Quang Binh got 1.1 trillion VND (49.3 million); Ha Tinh, 1 trillion VND (44.8 million); Quang Tri, 500 billion VND (22.4 million), and Thua Thien-Hue, 400 billion VND (17.9 million).-VNA