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09 Nov 2017 description

Vietnam's long coastline makes it prone to destructive storms and flooding

  • Deadliest storm this year in Vietnam
  • More than 40 reservoirs releasing water
  • Rains expected to ease from Thursday before APEC summit

By Mai Nguyen

DANANG, Vietnam, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Vietnam's deadliest storm this year, Typhoon Damrey, has killed 106 people, while dozens of dangerously full reservoirs release water as the southeast Asian nation prepares to host a regional summit.

16 Oct 2017 description

Last week's floods were the worst in years, with thousands of homes submerged

HANOI, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said.

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13 Oct 2017 description

HANOI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline. A typhoon wrecked havoc across central provinces just last month.

The floods that hit Vietnam this week starting on Monday are the worst in years, state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying.

12 Oct 2017 description

More than 17,000 households have been evacuated and more than 200 homes have collapsed

By Mai Nguyen

HANOI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Floods caused by a tropical depression in Vietnam killed 37 people, one of the highest death tolls recorded in the country from flooding, the disaster prevention agency said on Thursday.

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07 Aug 2017 description

Flooding has crippled four provinces, damaging water systems and farms, where rice and fruit are grown

HANOI, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong ($41 million), the government's disaster agency said on Monday.

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14 Jul 2017 description

HANOI, July 14 (Reuters) - At least 14 people, including a family of four, have been killed in floods brought on by constant heavy rain in northern Vietnam over the past week, and more rain is expected, a government agency said on Friday.

One person was missing in Thai Nguyen province, while almost 500 houses and more than 1,400 hectares of rice crops were destroyed in nine provinces, the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said in a report.

19 Jun 2016 description

There are over 11,000 asylum seekers in the Asian financial hub, some still uncertain about their fate after waiting for more than 15 years

HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.

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27 Nov 2014 description

BANGKOK, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Typhoon Nari hit Vietnam's central coast in October 2013, it damaged hundreds of houses in Danang city but left 245 specially constructed homes unscathed, prompting hopes that a project to storm-proof houses could be expanded.

Up to 122,000 people had to evacuate to higher ground before the typhoon hit the coast with wind speeds of up to 102 km per hour (63 mph), and soldiers were sent to help residents of Danang, a booming tourist destination, to reinforce their homes.

27 Jun 2013 description

Source: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:48 AM
Author: Thin Lei Win

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change will bring higher temperatures and longer wet seasons to the Lower Mekong Basin, affecting the cultivation of rice and other crops the majority of its 65 million inhabitants rely on for food and income, experts say.

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05 Dec 2011 description

05 Dec 2011 06:06

HANOI, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Vietnam is seeking $500 million in assistance from domestic and international sources to help clear war-era bombs and mines and reduce the difficulties for its people and land contaminated by unexploded ordnance, officials said on Monday.

Vietnam already has available $200 million to demine 500,000 hectares (1,930 square miles) in 14 provinces by 2015, or 7.6 percent of the total affected land, Deputy Labour Minister Bui Hong Linh told an international seminar.

30 Sep 2011 description

30 Sep 2011 04:42

  • River surges to 11-year high, over 100 dead

  • Vast swathes of rice-growing land swamped

  • Flood said to have peaked in Cambodia, may peak in Vietnam soon

HANOI, Sept 30 (Reuters) - More than 100 people in Cambodia and southern Vietnam have died in the worst flooding along the Mekong River in 11 years after heavy rain swamped homes, washed away bridges and forced thousands of people to evacuate.

24 Jun 2011 description

24 Jun 2011 04:45

HANOI, June 24 (Reuters) - Four men died in flash floods while fishing and two people were crushed to death in northern Vietnam as a weakening storm approached from the Gulf of Tonkin, state media said on Friday, while 11 fishermen were missing after storms in the Philippines.

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19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 10:58:02 GMT

* Megi kills 10, damages rice crop in key producing area

* No need for Philippines to import more rice this year

* Four northern coastal towns remained isolated

* Storm rebuilding, expected to hit China by end of week

* One dead, 17 rescued in boat sinking off Taiwan

By Rolando Ng

ILAGAN, Philippines, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon cleared the Philippines' main island but then stalled as it churned towards China, and authorities said there was no need for Manila to import more rice this year to cover damaged crops.

Typhoon Megi, …

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 23:01:06 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Bangladesh, India, Madagascar most at risk-Maplecroft

* Nordic region least vulnerable to global warming

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent

OSLO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Bangladesh and India are the countries most vulnerable to climate change, according to an index on Wednesday that rates the Nordic region least at risk.

British consultancy Maplecroft said its rankings showed that several "big economies of the future" in Asia were among those facing the biggest risks from global warming in the next 30 years as were …

06 Oct 2010 description

06 Oct 2010 10:22:52 GMT

HANOI, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Flooding in central Vietnam has killed more than two dozen people and the military has been ordered to deliver emergency supplies and rescue fishermen in distress.

Heavy rains from Oct. 1 flooded rivers and inundated tens of thousands of houses in five provinces from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue, a swath of territory starting some 300 km (180 miles) south of Hanoi and stretching south, the government reported.

So far, 30 people had died in the flooding, an official with the Vietnam Red Cross said.

10 Aug 2010 description
  • Rice yields threatened by higher temperatures

    * Study finds daily minimum temperatures rising faster

    * Farmers need to adapt practices to beat the heat impacts

    By David Fogarty, Climate Change Correspondent, Asia

    SINGAPORE, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Rising temperatures could slow the growth of rice production unless farmers adapt by changing management practices and switch to more heat-tolerant varieties, scientists say.

    Rice is among the world's most important crops and a staple for people in Asia and Africa, with Asia producing and consuming more than 90 percent of the …

18 Jul 2010 description

18 Jul 2010 02:54:49 GMT

Source: Reuters

(Updates death toll)

By Ho Binh Minh

HANOI, July 18 (Reuters) - Vietnamese troops evacuated thousands of people from their homes in the north of the country on Sunday due to threats of flash flooding and landslides, as the death toll from Typhoon Conson rose to more than 70.

Typhoon Conson was downgraded to a tropical storm as it hit northern Vietnam late on Saturday after battering the Philippines and the southern Chinese island of Hainan over the past week.

State-run Voice of Vietnam radio said the army had sent 3,500 soldiers to …

16 Jul 2010 description

* Conson strengthens over South China Sea

* Thousands of fishing boats recalled to ports

* Vietnam evacuates 200,000 people; deploys troops (Updates with typhoon reaching in China)

By Emma Graham-Harrison and Ngo Thi Ngoc Chau

BEIJING/HANOI, July 16 (Reuters) - Southern China battened down on Friday as Typhoon Conson hit the edge of a tourist island and Vietnam deployed nearly 3,000 troops to areas in the path of the storm that gathered strength over the South China Sea.

Swollen rivers and landslides have killed 135 people across China since the start of July and another 41 …

05 Nov 2009 description

HANOI, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Flash floods and heavy rains from a tropical storm killed 98 after ploughing into central Vietnam this week and at least 20 people are missing, the government said on Thursday.

The storm destroyed more than 1,000 houses and inundated about 29,000 hectares of crops, the government's Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control said.

The Ministry of Defence had sent more than 4,000 soldiers to help rescue victims in the two hardest-hit provinces of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh.

Helicopters were also being used to drop food aid to residents in the villages …

02 Nov 2009 description

By Ho Binh Minh

HANOI, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Typhoon Mirinae brought strong wind to Vietnam's central coast and heavy rain to the nearby coffee region on Monday, disrupting early harvesting, after killing 16 people and destroying thousands of houses in the Philippines.

The typhoon uprooted trees as it made landfall on the coastal provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen, state-run Vietnam Television reported.