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Tra Vinh (VNA) – Long-lasting drought and saline intrusion has caused a total loss of nearly 1.1 trillion VND (49.5 million USD) in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

According to the local Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the disaster damaged over 29,000 hectares of rice, affecting 41,000 households.

The total rice output of the 2015-2016 Winter-Spring crop decreased 161,500 tonnes from the same period last year, with an estimated loss of 881 billion VND.

Besides this, about 700 hectares of other food crops, 285 hectares of fruit trees, and 181 hectares of aquatic farming were also damaged, affecting thousands of households.

Head of the department Tran Trung Hien said that affected households will receive 1-2 million VND in aid per hectare for rice and food crops, 2-4 million VND per hectare for fruit plantations and 5-10 million VND per hectare of aquatic farming.

The provincial agricultural sector has synchronously carried out measures to cope with drought and saltwater intrusion, including irrigational works and channel dredging.-VNA