The European Union continues to support Vietnam overcome drought and salinisation


Kết quả hình ảnh cho The European Union continues to support Vietnam overcome drought and salinisation

European Union Delegation in Vietnam in June said the European Commission is preparing a humanitarian aid worth 2 million euros (about 50 billion) for emergency relief to communities residents affected by drought and salinization in Vietnam.
Mr Christos Stylianides, High Commissioner of the European Union (EU) on humanitarian aid and crisis management, said: “The phenomenon of a serious shortage of rainfall has affected livelihoods, food security and access to clean water by the people of Vietnam. This grant will contribute to the EU's help for families affected to overcome difficulty to ensure that their essential needs are met”.
Through the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), such aid would enable the EU's humanitarian partners give relief initiatives to reduce the burden of those parts of the population are suffering most at risk in areas heavily affected. This amount will be focused on meeting the most urgent needs, including food assistance as well as access to clean water and sanitation issues.
Prolonged drought conditions due to the effects of El Niño has affected 39 out of 63 provinces across the country, leading to widespread water shortages and more arable land is arid. Consequently, there are about 2 million people have no access to drinking water, besides a million people are in need of emergency food assistance. All provinces in the Mekong Delta, the south central region and Tay Nguyen currently suffer consequences from the unusual phenomenon of climate. About 400,000 hectares of arable land with crop yields affected to varying degrees.
Water scarcity has led to severe salinization in the Mekong Delta, namely than the seasonal average, seawater penetrated deeper into the infield from 20-25 km. Although the government has taken measures for preparedness and implementation of already planned initiatives but the extent of this disaster has become more serious than initially anticipated, beyond the ability of local deputy. Despite forecast that the rainy season will begin in September in areas affected by drought, farmers still need some time to replant the trees and stabilize their livelihoods.Last month, the European Commission has provided aid worth 90,000 euros initially to support a project of emergency drought relief by the Union of Red Cross and Red Crescent International with the goal of bringing essential assistance to meet the urgent needs of the poorest households.

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