Officials in Ha Tinh province began handing out sacks of rice to 4,500 of the worst hit households. Limited relief funds have also been allocated for some of the thousands of seafood farmers who risk losing their livelihoods.
A photographer, Le The Thang, is working with local families and children to highlight their plight. Photo courtesy Tuoi Tre.The sign says: I choose fish and shrimp.
Civil society organisations and religious groups have criticised the response as too little too late. Some have already begun delivering supplies to destitute fishermen and their families, and are appealing for more help from home and abroad.
Hundreds of tonnes of fish are believed to have been killed in a so far unexplained environmental catastrophe that has already affected tens of thousands of people and could have damaging consequences for the national economy.
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Vietnam Right Now, News Report, Posted: Apr 30, 2016