|Farmers clean up their farms which were destroyed in the rain. – Photo danviet.vn|
BÌNH PHƯỚC — Unseasonal rain in Bù Đốp District caused thousands of pepper-planting poles to collapse and destroyed a vast area of cashew and rubber trees.
The local authorities offered farmers in the area VNĐ1 million (US$44) each as financial assiatance on Wednesday.
Unseasonal rain, along with a tornado, mostly in the communes of Thanh Hoà and Tân Tiến, destroyed 27,000 pepper-planting poles, 5ha of cashew and rubber trees as well as 18 houses.
Nguyễn Ngọc Bữu, a farmer in Tân Tiến Commune, said the tornado destroyed 30 cashew trees and hundreds of rubber trees that he owned, causing an estimated loss of up to VNĐ50 million ($2,200).
“It will take us five to seven years to plant and restore the trees,” he told the Nông thôn ngày nay (Countryside Today) newspaper.
Ngàn Cấm Mùi, another farmer in Tân Tiến Commune, suffered heavy losses as the rain destroyed her 3,000 pepper-planting poles. Moreover, her house did not have a roof, which damaged a lot of appliances.
Hà Anh Dũng, Secretary of the District People’s Commitee, directed public agencies to help people overcome the consequences of the unseasonal rain and tornado as well as prepare a detailed report on the damage for further assistance. — VNS