Ministry officials discussed offering supplementary assistance to victims in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, who were affected by the Formosa-caused environmental incident at a meeting in Hanoi on November 8.
The meeting was hosted by the steering committee on measures to stabilise lives, production and trading in four central provinces affected by the sea environmental incident and chaired by permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, localities have mainly completed loss estimates.
Under the Prime Minister’s direction, VND 3 trillion (US$136.3 million) was advanced for Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.
As of November 7, Thua Thien-Hue and Ha Tinh provinces disbursed VND 213.9 billion (US$9.7 million) and VND49.4 billion (US$2.24 million), respectively.
Quang Tri plans to offer compensation to residents on November 10, while Quang Binh will do so from November 11.
The Health Ministry reported that more than 5,300 tonnes of frozen fish remain in stock in the four provinces, 82% of which is safe for consumption.
Deputy PM Binh asked ministries concerned to refine two projects on livelihood support and environmental monitoring systems to submit to the government for adoption, which are expected to be launched next year and completed in late 2018.
The ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Public Health, and the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences were required to provide objective, correct and scientific information about the sea environment in the region which is safe for swimming, tourism and aquaculture for the media to inform to the public, Binh said.NDO/ VNA