Rice allocated to drought-hit provinces hinh anh 1A farmland in the southernmost province of Ca Mau is affected with saltwater (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Prime Minister has asked the Finance Ministry to allocate more than 5,200 tonnes of rice sourced from the national reserve, to five provinces suffering from the severe drought caused by El Nino.

They include the northern provinces of Ha Nam and Lai Chau, the central provinces of Quang Binh and Binh Dinh and the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum.

Earlier, over 1,500 tonnes of rice was earmarked for the northern mountainous provinces of Lang Son and Dien Bien.

On March 31, the Central Committee of the Vietnam Red Cross Society visited and presented gifts worth 378 million VND (17,100 USD) to 1,000 poor households in Thuan Nam district, in the central province of Ninh Thuan.

In March, Ninh Thuan announced that 34 of its communes are suffering from drought and water shortages.-VNA