Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – The average water level of many parts of the Hồng (Red) river has remarkably reduced in recent years, badly affecting agricultural production and the living conditions of residents in the northern lowland and midland areas.
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Forty Red Cross staffers from Việt Nam, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Laos are participating in a three-day training programme on Participatory Multi-disaster Risks Mapping, which began on Tuesday.
The training, jointly organised in Hà Nội by Vietnam Red Cross Society and German Red Cross, presents a new, user-friendly risk mapping method called Quantum Geographic Information system (QGIS) to Red Cross staff actively involved in disaster risk management and training in preparedness and response.
QUẢNG NAM — Military sappers in the Tây Giang District of Quảng Nam Province yesterday found and defused three bombs left from the wars in the communes of Lăng, A Nông and Bhalêê.
An official from the district’s People’s Committee told the Việt Nam News that local residents found 200kg of bombs in a forest after the heavy rains that drenched the region in recent months.
The sappers said the bombs were likely dropped by the US Air Force during the American war in Việt Nam in the late 1960s.
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”.
HCM City – Weather experts expect the southern region to experience less drought and salinity and more unseasonal rain during this year’s dry season.
They say that the region is an area affected by the neutral phase, a transit stage between El Nino and La Nina.
Nguyễn Kiệt, head of the Forecasting Office under the Southern Regional Hydrometeorological Centre, said Việt Nam and the southern region in particular have experienced the longest El Nino phenomenon in history, from late 2014 to early 2016.