Vietnam loses 860 million USD to natural disasters last year

Vietnam recorded 224 persons dead and missing and economic losses of nearly 20 trillion VND (859.5 million USD) in natural disasters in 2018, according to the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.

At a meeting in the southernmost province of Ca Mau, the committee said although natural disasters last year were not as severe as in 2017, many serious ones and extreme weather conditions still occurred nationwide.

In the southern region alone, 441 riverbank and coastal erosions with a total length of over 834km caused 10 people dead and missing, injured 13 others, pulled down 320 houses and damaged more than 17,500 others.

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