19 Mar 20 The Saigon Times Source  INSEE Vietnam coordinates with Tuoi Tre newspaper to sponsor VND500 million to buy water purifiers and water tanks to help households along with 500 tons of sulfate resistant cement INSEE Extra Durable for anti-saline construction projects and saline-affected houses in Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Ca Mau, Long An and Kien Giang provinces, contributing to mitigating the impact of drought and salinity.

Recently, people in many Mekong Delta provinces have suffered from severe drought and salinity. This disaster has affected 10 out of 13 provinces in the Mekong Delta, except An Giang, Dong Thap and Can Tho. Up to now, five provinces in the region, including Ca Mau, Kien Giang, Ben Tre, Tien Giang, and Long An, have declared a state of emergency due to saline intrusion. The shortage of freshwater occurs on a large scale, seriously affects production and people's life in the Mekong Delta. According to the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta is at a severe level and will continue to remain high for the remaining months of the dry season.

"I think the salinization in Mekong Delta is a mega issue in the long term and INSEE wants people to pay more attention to this challenge and join hands to solve this issue," said Mr. Philippe Richart, General Director of INSEE Vietnam. From this perspective, INSEE Vietnam coordinates with Tuoi Tre newspaper to implement the project "Bring freshwater to Mekong Delta". Specifically, we sponsor VND500 million to buy water purifiers and water tanks to help people in Ben Tre, Tien Giang, Ca Mau, Long An, and Kien Giang provinces. All water purifiers and tanks will be installed in places where people can easily get water to drink without having to pay any fee.

In addition, INSEE Vietnam is in association with Tuoi Tre newspaper to sponsor 500 tons of INSEE Extra Durable cement to support anti-saline constructions or houses in drought-impacted areas. Our INSEE Extra Durable has been specifically researched and developed for saline intrusion environments. This is a type of sulfate resistant cement that helps to prevent the penetration of aggressive agents such as groundwater, acids, alkalis,... which causes corrosion of steel reinforcement and affects the quality of concrete and the sustainability of the work. Its quality has been verified by large projects such as Cai Mep - Thi Vai International Terminal, Long Son Petrochemical Complex, Bac Lieu Offshore Wind Farm...

With these efforts, INSEE hopes that this project associated with Tuoi Tre newspaper will contribute to supporting the Mekong Delta people against salinity and drought in the long run.