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Mekong delta prepares for dry season

Many provinces in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta are taking measures to secure freshwater for farming and household use since drought and saltwater intrusion is expected to be severe in the 2016-17 dry season.  Nguyễn Thiện Pháp, head of the Tiền Giang Province Irrigation Sub-department, ...

Floods spread to 12 provinces

Households and businesses in the South have been hit hard by flooding while all train services heading to the lower part of the region suspended after tracks were damaged by floodwater. At least 12 provinces in the South have been affected by flooding which began ...

Floods hit central provinces

Torrential rainfall measuring 100-200mm in Quảng Ngãi and Bình Định provinces has flooded nearly 1,000 houses and over 3,000ha of sowed rice and raised river levels. A report on December 1 by the Centre of Flood and Storm Prevention in the Central and Central Highlands regions said ...

Canal stoppage main cause of flooding in Saigon

The flooding in HCM City is becoming more serious despite money spent on solutions to prevent floods. The filling of canals with rubbish and the illegal building on waterway banks have both slowed canal drainage. A report of the HCMC Anti-flooding Center shows that the number ...

Typhoon Tokage changes path, more dangerous: weather bureau

The National Hydro Meteorological Forecasting Center last night warned that Typhoon Tokage has entered the East Sea with constantly changing path jeopardizing boats at sea. It is the ninth storm entering the East Sea and affecting Vietnam this year and expected to move north-northwest and north-northeast ...

Govt, development partners to agree on next ten years cooperation

Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals, effective development partnerships, food and nutrition security, green growth, climate change and disaster response preparedness are cross-sectoral topics of discussion between the government and development partners this year. Experts from the government and development partners’ representative agencies began discussion on ...

Researcher sounds Thai quake alarm

Thailand is at risk of moderate earthquakes following a 7.4-magnitude temblor off northeastern Japan on November 22, an academic warned on November 22. Asst Prof Passakorn Pananont, who is conducting research into seismic risk reduction in Thailand at the Thailand Research Fund, said areas around ...

US Group to boost ASEAN disaster relief capabilities

On November 17, a U.S.based nonprofit inked an agreement with ASEAN to help boost its disaster relief capabilities.As one of the world’s most disaster prone subregions, Southeast Asia has been working on setting up new institutions to strengthen regional capabilities to respond to natural disasters. ...

69m people breathed toxic smoke from 2015 Indonesian fires: study

Sixty-nine million people were exposed to toxic haze as a result of last year’s devastating wildfires in Indonesia, a new study has found. Little is known about the health impacts of Indonesia’s annual fires, which spread uncontrollably because the country’s vast peat swamp zones have ...

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