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Septembre 2012

Mekong Delta: Alarm raised over Tien River erosion

The southern province has announced its concern over riverside erosion in three districts along the Tien River after flooding triggered by heavy rains decimated 1-hectare of land, threatening thousands of households in the area.

Le Van Hung, chief of Dong Thap's Flood and Storm Steering Committee Office, said that increased flooding had led to 18km of erosion in 17 communes across the province and that water levels would peak this month.

Currently, more than 1,200 households are located in high-risk landslide areas, within 20 metres of the river, in Hong Ngu, Thanh Binh and Chau Thanh

Floods kill 11 in central region

10 September 2012

The recent floods in central provinces from Thanh Hoa to Ha Tinh have left 11 people dead or missing.

Heavy rains also caused water levels in rivers to increase dramatically, breaking part of a dyke. Thousands of houses and hectares of crops have been destroyed and losses are estimated to amount to thousands of billions of Vietnamese dong.

Local authorities are currently implementing urgent measures to cope with floods and ensure public safety.

According to the Thanh Hoa provincial committee for flood and storm control, as of September 7, large-scale flash floods had killed five people in the

Natural calamities expose under-quality construction works

1 September 2012


VietNamNet Bridge – A sinkhole suddenly appeared on Hanoi’s Le Van Luong Road after a tropical typhoon, the Song Tranh hydro-power dam was cracked after earthquakes…


People question if these works were damaged by natural calamities or if natural calamities unmasked the poor quality of these works?

At around 7.30pm, August 19, a big hole appeared on the expanded Le Van Luong Road, a project to welcome Hanoi’s 1000th anniversary.

On August 20, the hole kept spreading to more than 20m wide, 30m long and 7m deep, causing serious traffic jams on Hanoi’s key role.

Poor urban planning to blame for climate change affects

1 September 2012

Roads in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City face serious flooding after heavy rains, which while often blamed on climate change, are in fact, the result of loopholes in urban planning.

Poor urban planning to blame for climate change affects

Dr. Bach Tan Sinh from the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategy Studies said that integrating climate change adaptation issues into urban planning remains a pressing issue in Vietnam.

“Many of Hanoi’s lakes have been filled in for real estate projects, which has resulted in flooding after heavy