BA TRI DISTRICT/VIETNAM, 23 May 2017
Like other shrimp farmers here in this lush, canal-lined province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Nguyen Van A can instantly rattle off the precise percentage of saltwater in which crustaceans grow best. And at the moment, he insists with a smile, everybody knows that Ben Tre Province has the best brackish water in the world.
HÀ NỘI — The increasing intensity and devastation caused by natural disasters continues to pose an “enormous challenge” to the nation, causing severe losses of assets and human life, and threatens to derail Việt Nam’s development, President Trần Đại Quang said in a letter penned for the 71st celebration of the Traditional Day on Natural Disaster Prevention (May 22, 1946 – May 22, 2017).
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội Health Department has announced the first death from dengue fever since the beginning of this year.
The Central Tropical Diseases Hospital on Sunday confirmed that a 19-year-old student who rented a house in Đống Đa District’s Trung Liệt Ward died of dengue.
In Hà Nội, the number of patients with dengue fever has shown a tendency of increasing since early this month, with 27 cases recorded in the last two weeks.
This Revised Emergency Appeal is seeking 336,193 Swiss francs (reduced from 1,405,216 Swiss francs) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Viet Nam Red Cross (VNRC) in delivering assistance and support to 24,050 people (reduced from 30,775 people) affected by floods in late 2016. The operation is focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter; and disaster risk reduction. The main changes are the removal of recovery shelter and National Society capacity development components.
Note by the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.
Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030
High rainfall intensity has caused flood and flashflood in the northern provinces. Seven provinces and 61 villages were affected by flood. In Kamphaeng Pet, the worst affected province, 800 houses were damaged. Meanwhile, 2,000 families in Uttaradit province were urged to evacuate to safer places due to the situation. In total, 853 houses were reportedly affected in province of Kamphaeng Pet, Uttaradit, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Loei and Udon Thani.
Viet Nam ranks among the 12 countries with the highest levels of exposure to natural disasters this year. Until recently, women’s role in disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response was not recognized, which compromised these efforts. With the support of UN Women, local women are now leading their communities in preparing for disasters in ways that reduce negative impacts. When the Kien Giang river flooded last year in the middle of the night, the damage to lives and livelihoods of the people of My Thuy commune was minimal, because of the preparations and adaptations.
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MEKONG DELTA — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng on Monday spoke with provincial authorities and government agencies about the need for urgent action to prevent landslides in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta.
Speaking at the meeting in An Giang Province, the deputy PM praised the efforts of localities in preventing and controlling natural disasters.
In recent years, climate change in the area has caused droughts, saline intrusion and extensive erosion.
HCM CITY — Flood-sensor chips will be installed at an additional 32 flooding hotspots to warn HCM City residents of potential floods from heavy rains or tides, according to the HCM City Urban Drainage Company.
The city made the decision after seeing positive results from chips that had been installed earlier at five flooding hotspots.
The hotspots included Bình Thạnh District’s Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street; Thủ Đức District’s Dương Văn Cam Street; Tân Phú District’s Trương Vĩnh Ký Street; Gò Vấp District’s Lê Đức Thọ Street; and District 7’s Huỳnh Tấn Phát Street.
La politique belge en matière de développement international subit de profondes transformations.
Dans l’élan des Objectifs de développement durable, nous définissons dans de nombreux domaines une nouvelle approche et endossons un leadership international, avec pour mot d’ordre l’innovation.
La Belgique joue un rôle de premier plan dans le domaine de la numérisation et du développement. Sous son impulsion, l’Union européenne a décidé d’accorder désormais une place de choix aux technologies numériques dans le cadre de sa politique de développement.
The Belgian international development policy is undergoing a complete transformation. Under the impulse of the Sustainable Development Goals we opt in many different fields for a new approach and for international leadership. Innovation is the key word in this context.
Water: Are we all too wet behind the ears?
March 22 marked World Water Day; a day when we’re all supposed to take action to tackle the water crisis. But how many people even know there’s a crisis to be tackled? Certainly, a good few in the developing world will be aware that there’s something not quite right, since a full 1.8 billion of them still use a contaminated source of drinking water. This puts them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
At 31 March 2017, there were 1,328 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,048 in immigration detention on the mainland and 280 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 544 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,063 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
China (No update)
As of 31 March 2017, there were 67 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is slightly lower than that reported during the same period in 2016 (91 cases) (Figure 1).
HCM CITY —Parliaments should take stronger action to respond to climate change by maximising their roles as legislators and supervisors as well as enhancing international co-operation to ensure “no one is left behind”, said a Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) official.
Speaking at the closing session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference that ended on Saturday, Tòng Thị Phóng, vice chairwoman of the NA, said climate change was among the most serious threats to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Viet Nam News ĐỒNG THÁP — The southern province of Đồng Tháp on Wednesday extended its state of emergency as the erosion worsened, with a section of the riverbank covering some 600m affected so far.
A section of the Tiền riverbank, running from Mương Cả Lách to Bình Thành Market in Bình Hòa Hamlet, Thanh Bình District, was reported to have been eroded by 150m over the last few days, since the last state-of-emergency declaration last month.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 7 May - 13 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, measles, hepatitis A, cholera, type E botulism, yellow fever and Legionnaires' disease.
Viet Nam News MEKONG DELTA – The Ministry of Agricultre and Natural Resources is seeking solutions to prevent landslides in the Mekong Delta, after a landslide occurred on the Vàm Cỏ Lau Canal on Monday afternoon in An Giang Province, causing six houses to collapse and forcing two other households to relocate.
Late last month, a serious landslide along the Vàm Nao River occurred in Chợ Mới District of the province, causing losses of VNĐ90 billion ($3.96 million).
HCM CITY – The HCM City People’s Committee has told the Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme to go ahead and draw up plans to build a reservoir in the outlying district of Củ Chi to prevent flooding there.
The reservoir, on the Bến Mương – Láng The Canal, is expected to be completed not later than 2025.
Besides helping mitigate floods, it will also store water for irrigation and beautifying the landscapes.
The centre has been instructed to upgrade and dredge the canal and improve drainage systems in the area before building the reservoir.