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.
Vice Chairman of the Ca Mau People’s Committee Le Van Su said his province has been seriously affected by climate change, including abnormal storms, tropical depressions, whirlwinds, sea-level rise and drought.
Since the beginning of 2018, natural disasters, especially whirlwind and tidal surge, have triggered riverbank and coastal erosions, killing seven people, damaging over 1,600 houses, and flooding more than 2,400ha of crops. Total property losses have topped 57 billion VND, he noted.
Highlighting tasks to prepare for the approaching stormy season, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Hoang Hiep said southern localities need to accelerate the construction of facilities that are meant to deal with riverbank and coastal erosion; and upgrade sea dykes, bridges, saltwater intrusion preventing culverts and dams, anti-flooding facilities and irrigation systems.