Vietnam says pollution from Taiwan company affected 200,000

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.