A total of 342 people were confirmed dead and two others were missing in the floods that have inundated the upper part of the country for almost three months, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on October 21. 22 more people were confirmed dead on October 20, 17 more from central province of Ayutthaya, one each from central provinces of Chainat, Sing Buri, Prachin Buri and northeastern province of Khon Kaen. Northern province of Phichit still has the highest death toll of 47, following by central province of Nakhon Sawan, of which 37 were killed by floods. Flash floods and mudslide were caused by the heavy monsoon since mid July. Floods still prevail in 62 of 77 provinces, affecting about 2.8 million households and about 9.1 million people. Of 62 hit provinces, 34, mostly in the northern and northeastern regions, have slowly been recovering. About 74 main highways in 18 provinces are flooded and inaccessible. 18 north-bound train routes have been … [Read more...] about Thai flood death toll reaches 342
“Vietnam’s Mekong Delta or the southwestern region needs floods and develops thanks to floods,” the acting director of the Southern Institute for Irrigation Planning Nguyen Ngoc Anh told VietNamNet in a recent interview about the abnormal flood season in the Mekong Delta this year. Scarcity of fish in Mekong Delta’s flood season Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region This year the early flood in May was very low and the flood peak came late. The flood season 2010 is abnormal compared to other years. Compared to 2002, the flood peak in the upstream of the Mekong Delta was 2m lower than that of 2000. The total amount of water is equivalent to 60-70 percent of the average in previous years. The Mekong Delta has suffered great losses due to the late and small flood. VietNamNet talks with Nguyen Ngoc Anh about this phenomenon. What is the reason for this to happen in Vietnam ’s southwestern region? The Mekong Delta … [Read more...] about Chinese dams prevent flood in Vietnam’s southwestern region?
People in Vietnam ’s Mekong Delta often say “as dirt-cheap as linh fish” but this statement is wrong now. Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region This is the flood season in this region but the price for linh fish at markets in Long Xuyen city, An Giang province is up to 180,000 dong (nearly $10) a kilo. Last year, the price for a kilo of linh fish was only several thousands of dong. Why has the fish become expensive? VietNamNet reporters went in mid-October to Con Coc village, which is called the village of linh fish, in An Phu district, An Giang province, to find the answer. Despite it being the flood season Con Coc was abnormally dry . Fishing equipment was placed along the road. Many fishing boats were not used. “In previous years, if you went to our village, you would have to use a boat,” Nguyen Minh Chi, a local official told VietNamNet. “The flood season is also the time to catch linh fish. This year flood … [Read more...] about Scarcity of fish in Mekong Delta’s flood season
because of annual floods being late Many people in Vietnam ’s southwestern region have left their homes to earn their living. Mekong and the war of water Many people told VietNamNet that this is the most tragic flood –or rather floddless- season in their lives in the past several decades. Late floods cause great losses VietNamNet reporter visited the famous “market for fishing-nets” at the Vinh Thanh crossroad in Lap Vo district, Dong Thap province at 10am but it was very quiet. “Previously, October our sales were going very well. Customers from Long An, Vinh Long and An Giang flocked to this market to buy nets. It is now the middle of the flood season but I couldn’t sell just a single net for several days,” complained Mrs. Thuy, a net seller. “It is the flood season now but water can’t flood grass in the field so there is few fish and shrimp. I heard that the Mekong River is blocked in the upstream so flood water … [Read more...] about Late flood sways farmers in Vietnam’s southwestern region
Ho Chi Minh city strives to address traffic jams and environmental pollution. (Photo: baotintuc.vn) According to Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of the city People’s Committee, in 2018, the city targets to gain Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) growth of 8.3-8.5%, collect VND376.78 trillion to the budget, an increase of 8.3% compared to 2017. “To obtain the budget turnover, the city must rely on production and real economic growth, realize policies adopted by the National Assembly, and address people’s and businesses’ obstacles,” said Mr. Phong. “In particular, its special mechanisms will be applied to reduce traffic jams and flooding, using an estimated capital of some VND68 trillion”. In addition, until 2020, the city need VND85 trillion to tackle environmental pollution and flooding, and develop traffic infrastructure, Mr. Phong added. Earlier, in November 2017, during the 4th session of the 14th National Assembly (NA), the NA adopted a … [Read more...] about Southern hub reduces traffic jams and flooding using special…