The Thanh Hoa Province People's Committee has provided financial support for food and housing for 8,092 high school students in mountainous districts that are under difficult economic circumstances.
The students, who are from poor families, and their houses are more than 10km away from their schools. Some students' homes are less than 10km away from the schools but they cannot return home within a day because of transport difficulties.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
HCM City forests receive water to prevent fire
The HCM City Irrigation Service Exploitation Management Company has pumped water to increase moisture to prevent forest fires for about 400ha of protective cajeput forests in Binh Chanh District's Le Minh Xuan Commune.
Every year, the company pumps water into the district's forests twice, for four to five days each time. This year the company said it would have to pump more water because of severe drought.
Binh Chanh's 1,700ha of protective cajeput forests and other protective forests in Cu Chi, Can Gio and Thu Duc districts face high risk of fire, especially in the dry season.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
HCM City canals clogged
Most of HCM City's 5,057 km of canals used for drainage purposes are clogged with silt build-up, affecting water drainage in nearby areas, according to the HCM City Water Drainage Company.
The canals need to be dredged but the city lacks sufficient funds to dredge on a regular basis. Only a small fraction of the canals, less than 2 per cent, have been dredged recently, said the company.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)