|Deputy Prime Minister Hai (middle) visits a reservoir in Quang Tri Province yesterday. — Photo chinhphu.vn
QUANG TRI — The Government will provide Quang Tri with VND28 billion (US$1.3 million) to fight a severe drought in the central province.
The decision on the financial aid was made during Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai's field visit to the drought-affected region today.
The amount will be used to make urgent supplies of clean water and other provisions to residents in drought-hit areas and dredging of canals and reservoirs to preserve water for local needs.
A prolonged period of heat, which lasted a couple of months, has affected the area, with temperature touching 42oC in some places. Water in reservoirs is lower than the dead level, contributing to the spread of the critical drought, especially in the province's Huong Hoa District.
The district's clean water plant is operating at 20 per cent of its capacity due to water shortage and it has halted regular water supplies for a month. Local residents are buying well water at high costs for daily use; but overexploitation is said to soon exhaust water in wells.
Some 10,000ha of rice and vegetables have withered because of prolonged heat and drought. Other 3,700ha of farmland are chapped and uncultivated. The summer-autumn crops in the province are losing 20 per cent of their total production.
Deputy PM Hai has encouraged the locality to stand strong against this hard situation as the heat and drought have been forecasted to last until September.
Following Hai's directive, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will work with local authorities to plan the irrigation and reservoir system here in order to improve the province's reaction capacity to overcome the drought situation.
The ministry will also take charge of seeking crop varieties to help local farmers choose their next crop for cultivation. — VNS