Viet Nam’s climate change vulnerability (as of 5 Mar 2013)

from Maplecroft
Published on 05 Mar 2013 View Original

Climate change is very likely to have the effect of a ‘risk multiplier’ in Viet Nam. High levels of poverty, pre-existing vulnerability to natural hazards including flooding and land subsidence and insufficient waste management in coastal urban areas will be exacerbated by sea level rise, increased frequency and severity of tropical cyclonic storms in the south, and greater unpredictability of monsoonal activity in the north. Furthermore, unsustainable groundwater extraction and rapid urbanisation has been linked to long-term subsidence of major south-east Asian cities including Ho Chi Minh City, further compounding the risks associated with increased flooding in urban areas.