The number of H5N1 avian influenza cases declined significantly after agencies took steps to control the disease, according to the Animal Health Department. The country has had two recent outbreaks in Ha Noi and the northern province of Ha Giang.
The department has supplied about 12 million doses of avian influenza vaccines to affected localities.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Quang Nam calls out firms on forest fees
The Quang Nam Province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has asked the local People's Committee to revoke the investment licences of companies that delay or do not pay fees for forest environmental services, an official from the department said on Sunday.
It has also asked Electricity of Viet Nam to not buy electricity from hydro-power plant companies that owe the fees. As of the end of March, companies in the province owe a total of VND11.4 billion (US$542,000) for these fees.
Thanh Nien (Young People)
Firms donate $904k to charity programme
Companies and philanthropies donated a total of VND19 billion (US$904,000) during the 11th charity art programme "One Heart – One World" held in Ha Noi on Sunday on Viet Nam's National Day for People with Disabilities (April 18).
The annual event honoured outstanding people with disabilities and orphans and philanthropists. Last year, the Association for the Support of Vietnamese Handicapped and Orphans received cash and material donations worth a total of VND409 billion (US$19.4 million). The money was used for many activities, including rehabilitating 3,400 people with disabilities and providing vocational training and jobs for 2,900 people.
Nhan Dan (The People)
More ferry trips for the holidays
HCM City ferry stations will increase the number of ferry trips during the Reunification Day (April 30) and the International Day (May 1) holiday. The Cat Lai Ferry Station, for example, which transports passengers from District 2 to Dong Nai Province's Nhon Trach District, will increase its trips from 180 to 220.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Drought destroys rice in Phu Yen
About 200ha of a total 740 ha of the winter-spring rice crop in the central province of Phu Yen have been destroyed by drought, the province's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Sunday. The provincial People's Committee has told government agencies to take steps to save the remaining rice.
Lao Dong (Labour)