A four-year rural water supply and sanitation programme costing nearly 26.7 million USD was launched in central Thanh Hoa province on June 25.

The programme is part of a wider 200 million USD project implemented by the World Bank and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, which targets Thanh Hoa and the seven Red River Delta provinces.

It will provide clean water for 45,800 local households and help 114,500 people access a sustainable supply between now and 2017.

Over 175,000 households in the province are also to be fitted with hygienic toilets by 2017.

This year, 2.15 million USD will be used to carry out the work in 24 coastal communes in Hau Loc, Nga Son and Hoang Hoa districts.-VNA