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HCM City faces flood catastrophe in climate change prediction
  • | dtinews.vn, TTXVN | May 12, 2017 01:25 PM
Up to 20% of HCM City could be under water by the end of the 21st century based on a predicted sea level rise of one metre.

The information is among the notable contents of Vietnam’s climate change scenarios that were cited by Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in her opening speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) regional seminar for the Asia-Pacific.

 

Over the past recent years, HCM City often faces serious inundation by high flood tides.


The seminar, which opened in HCM City on May 11, has the theme of responding to climate change and actions of parliaments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said that like other Asia-Pacific countries, especially coastal and island nations, Vietnam is seriously affected by climate change. By late the 21st century, sea water will submerge about 40% of the Mekong Delta, 11% of the Red River Delta and 3% of other coastal provinces.

Meanwhile, HCM City, the country’s main economic hub, is forecast to have 20% percent of its area flooded by sea water, she added.

As such, about 10-12% of Vietnamese population will bear the direct impacts from climate change and about 10% of national GDP will be lost, the chief legislator said.

The opening ceremony saw the participation of IPU President Saber Chowdhury, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong, Speaker of Myanmar’s House of Nationalities (Upper House) and Parliament Mahn Win Khaing Than and Secretary General of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly Isra Sunthornvut.

Over the past recent years, HCM City often faces serious inundation by high flood tides.

Vietnam is among five countries hardest hit by climate changes in the world. Every year, Vietnam sees more than 300 deaths and missing and also suffers billions of USD of losses due to natural disasters.

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