04 Mar 20 The Saigon Times Daily Souce HCMC - The European Union is providing 60,000 euros (roughly VND1.5 billion) in humanitarian aid to assist people most affected by the ongoing drought and saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta.

The aid will directly benefit about 24,000 people in some of the hardest-hit provinces in this southwestern region, according to the European Union Delegation to Vietnam.

This funding supports the Vietnam Red Cross Society in delivering much-needed assistance, including the provision of safe drinking water and the promotion of good hygiene and healthcare practices to families that have been heavily impacted by the shortage of fresh water supplies.

Disease prevention campaigns will also be provided to mitigate the risks of water-related diseases.

Saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta region is forecast to worsen this month, especially from March 11 to 15, when it is more severe than the peak recorded in mid-February and in the same period in 2016, according to the Hydrological Forecasting Department for the Central, Central Highlands and Southern Region.

Drought and salinity intrusion are taking a heavy toll on agriculture and residents' daily activities. The salinity levels are expected to be less severe at the end of March.