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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     5 December 2011

$16.3m for repair flood damage in Mekong Delta

HA NOI, Dec 5

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed a decision to spend VND340 billion (US$16.3 million) to mitigate the consequences of flooding in 11 provinces and cities of the Mekong Delta.

The money is to be used on the likes of pumping water to ensure production of the winter-spring crop.

The localities include Can Tho City and provinces of An Giang, Bac Lieu, Ben Tre, Dong Thap, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Long An, Soc Trang, Tien Giang, Vinh Long.

The Prime Minister assigned chairs of People's Committees to allocate the money and oversee the work.

Committees were also required to use local budgets and other financial sources to remedy the situation.

Meanwhile, the Ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development would assess the implementation of Decision 142 issued in 2009 that provided policies and mechanisms to support the "seed and breed" programme to recover production in calamity-hit areas.

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