Saline intrusion-hit localities receive support hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Ben Tre (VNA) – The Vietnam Red Cross on March 29 gave 1,000 low-income households affected by saline intrusion in Giong Tom district, the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre containers and tools for storing and filtering water and chemicals for pasteurising water.

Up to now, all the 164 communes in Ben Tre have been encroached by saltwater, and locals’ daily lives are suffering from a serious shortage of freshwater for their daily use.

Previously, the High Command of Military Zone 9 transported 330cu.m of freshwater to supply to poor families in Tam Hiep, Binh Thoi, Binh Thang, Phu Thuan and Vang Quoi Dong communes in Binh Dai district and An Hiep commune in Ba Tri district.

The South-West Petro Vietnam Fertilizer and Chemicals JSC (PVFCCo SW), a subsidiary of the PetroVietnam Fertiliser and Chemicals Corporation (PVFCCo) provided aid worth 80 million VND (3,600 USD) to 400 households in An Hiep and An Duc communes.

The South-East Petrovietnam Fertiliser and Chemicals JSC (PVFCCo SE), another PVFCCo subsidiary, also offered 300 gift packages totalling 230 million VND (10,250 USD) to farmers in Can Giuoc and Can Duoc districts of the Mekong Delta province of Long An, who are being hit by prolonged drought and saline intrusion.

The assistance aims to facilitate locals’ effort in preventing drought and salt encroachment.

These activities are part of an aid programme worth 5 billion VND (225,000 USD) by PVFCCo and its subsidiaries to support farmers nationwide affected by saline intrusion and drought.-VNA