Viet Nam News Last year's drought devastated crops and caused serious losses for farmers in the Mekong Delta. This year, authorities are restructuring crops, building dykes and erecting sluices in anticipation of continuing weather disasters. By Phạm Hoàng Nam The official attitude of provincial authorities in the Mekong Delta region this year could be deemed "forewarned is forearmed". Authorities are determined to prevent a recurrence of the disaster that struck last year after the worst drought in 90 years, along with serious saline intrusion, affected the entire region. This year, the Delta is storing as much fresh water as possible. Dykes have been upgraded, sluices erected, and crops restructured. Master plans on climate-change adaptation are being reviewed and adjusted. Predictions are that saline intrusion will be at a higher level this year in comparison with previous years. But it will be lower and less serious than last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture … [Read more...] about Delta takes urgent steps to prevent drought
Future actions to prevent floods
City dwellers attend congress to voice concerns, share pride (22-12-2005) Hundreds of delegates participated in the Ha Noi Party Congress and the HCM City People's Council Meeting. Young and old all shared a feeling of pride with the media. Almost 400 delegates participated in the 14th Ha Noi City Party Congress. Young and old all shared a feeling of pride with the Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper. Dang Nhu Ty, 77, Chairman of the Ba Dinh District's Veteran Association: I am very happy and proud to participate in the congress on behalf of the members of our association. The congress shows the City Party and Ba Dinh District Party care a lot about elderly people and highly appreciate the contribution of veterans. I have encouraged other association members to set an example in their lives because I think the exemplary spirit of a Party's members is more meaningful than any theory lesson. This includes trying to understand the hopes of young people and guiding them to join in public … [Read more...] about City dwellers attend congress to voice concerns, share pride
A tropical depression which followed storm Podul last Friday night ended up killing at least 41 people, destroying 10 bridges, breaking two hills, and inundating hundreds of thousands of houses in flooding in the central provinces of Binh Dinh and Quang Ngai. Many people wondered how a tropical depression could be much deadlier than super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the world's history that had hit northern Vietnam three days earlier and killed 14. Speaking to the press, authorities and meteorologists in Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh blamed the unexpected flooding on heavy rainfall, as much as 600mm. They all denied reports that discharge of water from hydropower dams played a part in triggering the historic flooding. However, everybody knows that the latest disaster was yet another unusual flooding that people in the central region have had to suffer over the past 10 years. Numerous hydropower dams have been built in the region and destroyed large areas … [Read more...] about Have we done enough to stop the killing?
Heavy rains Saturday evening partly broke a dike embankment in Ho Chi Minh City, enabling untreated wastewater to flush downstream damaging vegetable crops and houses nearby. A 50-60m section of the Ba Bo Canal broke apart in Thu Duc district, causing wastewater to encroach onto spinach fields. The HCMC Irrigation Management Company immediately assigned workers to fix the damages.In other areas in district 9, especially on the Long Thuan Street near Truong Phuoc Bridge, rising water still caused some serious damages, resulting in several big and deep pools and holes on the street, partially obstructing traffic.At 9pm on Sunday, resident Vo Hai Son, aged 18, fell into a hole senseless while riding on this street. Since the street is quite desolate and dark, he was not rescued until two hours later and was rushed to the Eastern Army and People Hospital for treatment. According to local residents, Long Thuan Street built by the Project Management Board No.9 and the Cao Nguyen Company … [Read more...] about Dike Breached, Road Cracked and Crop Damaged as Flood Rages
More than 20 Vietnamese children are killed in accidents every day and many of them suffer serious disabilities or permanent psychological wounds. Injuries from accidents among children have become a public health concern and a leading cause of child fatalities in Vietnam. Therefore, preventing children from being injured in accidents is an urgent task to protect children’s health and reduce the heavy burden of disability for families and society. Many children have drowned while going on holiday this summer. Most recently, a group of six pupils in Ky Tien commune, Ky Anh district, of Nghe An province were drowned at sea on May 29 because they could not swim. The same day, two pupils in Phuoc An commune, Nhon Trach district of Dong Nai province also died from drowning. According to doctor Le Viet Phai, head of the rehabilitation department of the orthopedic and rehabilitation hospital, accidental injuries to children leave serious consequences both physically and … [Read more...] about Accidental injuries likely to increase among children