A strong storm hit Vietnam in 2018 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – A training workshop opened in Hanoi on March 26, sharing general information of US Incident Command System (ICS) and looking to improve Vietnam’s capacity in managing and building plans in response to incidents and disasters. The event was jointly held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s General Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (GDNDPC), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of State and the US Forest Service (USFS). According to Nguyen Truong Son, deputy head of the GDNDPC, the command system for natural disaster prevention and control in Vietnam has shown efficiency as it gives timely directions, helping mitigate human and property losses while making rapid recovery in disaster-hit areas. The USFS’s experience in ICS application as well as its technical support for Vietnam will help the country complete the command system … [Read more...] about Workshop looks to improve Vietnam’s disaster management capacity
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Emerging Asia, which covers India, China, and Southeast Asia, will be revelling in an economic growth rate of 6.3 percent annually from 2018 to 2022, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. But there’s a hitch: Asia is also waist-deep in alarming projections of deaths, damages to livelihoods and properties, and worsening inequality because of disasters and climate change. Asia’s robust economic growth is not underwritten. The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s largest scientific body formed to study climate change, found that “People living in low-lying coastal zones and floodplains are probably most at risk from climate change impacts in Asia. Half of Asia’s urban population lives in these areas. Compounding the risk for coastal communities, Asia has more than 90 percent of the global population exposed to tropical cyclones.” Poverty and inequality in … [Read more...] about Asia: Rising economic star or poster child for disaster?
The toll in record rains that have devastated parts of Japan has risen to 179, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday (Jul 11). Map showing parts of Japan that have been swamped by heavy rains and flooding. (AFP/Laurence CHU) Search-and-rescue operations are continuing after floods and landslides caused by the rains, and local media said several dozen people were still missing in Japan's deadliest weather-related disaster in over three decades. Torrential rain unleashed floods and landslides in western Japan last week, bringing death and destruction, especially to neighbourhoods built decades ago near steep slopes. About 67 people are missing, the government said. In the city of Kurashiki, the flooding engulfed entire districts at one point, forcing some people to their rooftops to wait for rescue. Rescue workers were going door-to-door, looking for survivors - or victims - of the disaster. "It's what we call a grid operation, where we are checking every single house … [Read more...] about Toll in Japan flood disaster rises to 179: Government
The project will support environmentally sustainable and inclusive development in the provincial capital cities of Ha Giang, Vinh Yen and Hue to enhance their economic competitiveness. “The ADB will help the cities of Ha Giang, Vinh Yen and Hue integrate green features into their urban infrastructure, such an energy efficient street lighting and nature-based embankments,” said Mr. Eric Sidgwick, ADB Country Director for Viet Nam. “Building on ADB’s support in preparing Green City Action Plans for the three cities, this project will demonstrate how the right mix of integrated urban planning and blended financing can improve livability, resilience and economic opportunities in cities.” Because of rapid urbanization, almost all 31 million people living in cities in Viet Nam are facing emerging socioeconomic and environmental challenges. Unlike the five centrally administered cities, the development of secondary cities is lagging. Many communities in these … [Read more...] about ABD helps three provinces to develop green and resilient cities
Sleeping with her mother and two young siblings in a bamboo hut to guard a farmer’s goats from thieves, Muryani feared for their lives as flash floods burst through the door. “Suddenly the water was so high ... it came very fast,” she said. “I was so worried about my mother, who was already quite old. I was afraid we would drown.” Muryani, 44, who goes by one name only, still lives in the same area, now a small settlement of about 300 residents called Pedak Baru which sits by a river close to Mount Merapi volcano. As floods have become more frequent over the last five years, Muryani and 25 other local women have teamed up with the YAKKUM Emergency Unit, a project that runs activities to help women protect their communities from disasters in Central Java and Yogyakarta. Located along the Pacific Rim of Fire, Indonesia has more than 17,000 islands, and faces many natural threats, including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The effects of climate … [Read more...] about With warning drums and river clean-ups, Indonesian women head off disasters