Households in central provinces will be supported by the National Center for Rural Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation to build rain water tanks as a backup water supply.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has told its department of crop production to recommend drought-tolerant crop varieties to replace existing rice plants and encourage farmers to begin raising cattle.

The ministry has also asked its Directorate of Water Resources to produce a drought map for the central region to take stock of the problem.

In the first half of this year, 29 people died or went missing in Vietnam due to natural disasters, according to the country's General Statistics Office. In 2018, natural disasters, mainly floods and landslides, in Vietnam left 224 people dead or missing, and caused economic losses of 20 trillion Vietnamese dong (869.6 million U.S. dollars).

Xinhua Agency - July 25, 2019