PM spells out measures to combat drought

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung sent a dispatch July 2 to related provinces, cities and ministries, outlining urgent measures to fight against the major drought affecting Northern Central and Southern Central Coastal areas.

A withered rice field caused by the long-lasting drought in the northern central province of Nghe An (Photo: SGGP)

The measures are aimed to help farmers cultivate the upcoming summer-autumn crop as scheduled, ensure production and stabilize people’s lives.
 
These provinces and cities are currently affected by a severe drought that has caused the loss of vast areas of rice fields. The drought is menacing the cultivation of the summer-autumn crop, so there is a high risk of crop failure on a mass scale.

The PM asked people’s committees of affected provinces and cities and local administrations of all levels to synchronously implement measures on fighting against drought, including dredging irrigation canals, installing more water pumping stations, monitoring and using effectively and economically water sources and ensuring sufficient water for paddy fields.

To ensure cultivation, PM Dung asked localities to use their standby budgets allocated for natural disasters and other funds.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was asked to order people’s committees and related agencies to visit severely affected localities to keep track of the situation and instruct people how to deal with the drought.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade was asked to order the Electricity of Vietnam Group to prioritize power to the cause and cooperate with localities to make a plan for letting out water from reservoirs to dried areas.

PM Dung also asked the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to instruct the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting to follow the situation closely and keep the public informed of upcoming weather conditions.

By Thong Tan – Translated by Hoang Yen

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