Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình has requested four inspection teams to examine the compensation for residents affected by the marine environment incident in the central provinces of Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên - Huế last year. Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình also asked the four provinces to set up their own inspection teams to collect feedback from locals and administrators in order to promptly deal with difficulties and accelerate the payment for affected residents and reminded provinces to ensure public order to prevent false incidents or corruption during the compensation procedure.
Local seamen and Border Guards collected and culled died fish drifting
into the shore in the central province of Quảng Bình
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has reported that, so far, environment improvement in four central provinces remains basically stable. Environmental supervision, aquatic ecological system recovery and reproduction, professional training, jobs creation and manufacture development have all improved, the MARD report boldly said.
Regarding the tasks in the near future, Deputy PM Bình asked ministries and agencies to swiftly submit a proposal to Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc on the compensation quota for victims and to continue overseeing the Hưng Nghiệp Formosa Hà Tĩnh Steel Corporation’s fulfillment of its commitments.
Initial statistics from the four provinces reported some 277 tonnes of dead fish – both washed up on the beaches and farmed fish from the sea, causing estimated economic losses totaling more than VNĐ260 billion ($11.5 million). Further, at least 123,000 fishermen and locals who rely on the sea for a living or who work in the tourism industry were severely affected by the incident.