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Vietnam says pollution from Taiwan company affected 200,000

  • FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)

    FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)

    FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)

    FILE- In this April 28, 2016, file photo, villagers bury dead fish on a beach in Quang Binh, Vietnam. Toxic waste discharged from a Taiwanese-owned Formosa Plastics Group steel complex unit in central Vietnam harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen, the Vietnamese government said on Friday in tallying the damage from what it has called the country’s worst environmental disaster according to local media. The company has pledged to pay $500 million in compensation. (Vo Thi Dung/VNA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Vietnamese government says the toxic pollution a Taiwanese-owned had acknowledged discharging from its steel complex has harmed the livelihoods of more than 200,000 people, including 41,000 fishermen.

The pollution from a unit of Formosa Plastics Group also decimated tourism in central provinces, the Thanh Nien newspaper on Friday quoted the government saying in a report to the National Assembly.

Formosa acknowledged earlier this month that it was responsible for the pollution and pledged to pay $500 million to clean it up and compensate affected people.

An estimated 115 tons of fish washed ashore along more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) of Vietnam's central coast in April, sparking rare protests across the country.

The report says the government must learn from the incident and carry out proper oversight of the environment.