As many as 1,500 tonnes of rice will be used to alleviate hunger in central Quang Nam province during food shortages occurring between local harvests.

By the end of last year, the province had 48,183 households living under the poverty line, or 12.16 percent. The figure represented a reduction of 2.76 percent from the year before.

Meanwhile, the poverty rate was 49.9 percent in Quang Nam’s six poorest districts, down 5.97 percent from 2013.

The average national poverty rate decreased from 7.8 percent of the households in 2013 to 5.8-6 percent by the end of 2014. Impoverished districts saw the number of low-income families reduce to 33.2 percent from 38.2 percent in 2013.

Earlier this year, similar aid was provided to a number of localities, including Quang Tri, Lao Cai, Nghe An, Tuyen Quang, Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai.-VNA