Disasters and emergency response

Non-governmental preparedness and response agencies

Five provinces receive funds to fight saltwater intrusion

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has allocated 800 million VND (nearly 34,000 USD) to five provinces which have declared an emergency due to saltwater intrusion. The money comes from the ministry’s Vietnam Environmental Protection Fund. The provinces are Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Kien Giang and Ca ...

Nearly 500 Families to be Displaced This Month for Laos’ Fifth Mekong River Dam

A new Mekong river dam in Laos’ Luang Prabang province will displace up to 465 families this month, the latest in the continuing trend of hydropower projects forcing villagers to relocate all over the country. Residents of 10 villages in Luang Prabang’s Chomphet district must be ...

Eugene Whong

Govt sits idly by as China churns up the Mekong

Recently, a coalition of civil society groups, which has monitored development on and along the Mekong River, issued a frightening statement. Fluctuations of river flows during the past three decades have been at record highs, they said. That is a big deal for people whose livelihoods ...

Nauvarat Suksamran

Illegal gold mining pollutes Đắkrông River

Although the Thừa Thiên-Huế Province People’s Committee announced it had cracked down on illegal gold mining along the upper part of the Đắkrông River in A Lưới District, the river water is still polluted, affecting people living downstream. Lao động (Labour) newspaper on Wednesday reported that gold ...

Mekong Delta takes action to prevent drowning incidents

The Mekong Delta has the highest rate of drowning in the country, particularly in Dong Thap province, where the number of deaths due to drowning is 10 times higher compared to that of dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease combined. Over the years, though ...

Mekong communities urged to organise emergency plans

A COMMUNITIES-LED emergency response plan is being advocated to cope with water hazards and dam disasters on the entire Mekong River Basin, as climate change magnifies the threats of water disasters posed by dams. Local Thai people in seven northeastern provinces along Mekong River gathered ...

Japan partners with ASEAN countries on disaster insurance

Japan will work with Southeast Asian nations like Laos and Myanmar to provide immediate financing after natural disasters so that recovery funds can be quickly distributed. Keep reading   ...

Nikkei staff writers

Typhoon Tembin moves from Philippines to Vietnam as death toll rises to 230

Hundreds of thousands of people in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta have been evacuated as the region braces for the arrival of Tropical Storm Tembin, which left more than 230 people dead in the Philippines.Keep reading ...

ABC Reporter

Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange

The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) kicked off the Lower Mekong Initiative Disaster Response Exercise & Exchange (LMI DREE) during an opening ceremony in Hue, Vietnam, Dec. 5, 2017.Keep reading ...

The U.S. Army

World Bank supports disaster risk management in Laos

The World Bank will provide US$30 million to Laos as part of its continuing support for disaster risk management projects that will enable the Asian nation to lessen the impact of natural disasters. The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in Washington recently approved financing ...

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