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‘It’s impossible to fight against this water’: Floods, landslides kill 46 in VietnamHeavy rain in northern and central Vietnam has triggered floods and landslides that have killed 46 people, with 33 people missing in the worst such disaster in years.
Vietnam often suffers destructive storms and floods due to its long coastline. More than 200 people were killed in storms last year.
“In the past 10 years, we haven’t suffered from such severe and intense floods,” state-run Vietnam Television quoted agriculture minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong as saying on Thursday.
A typhoon tore a destructive path across central Vietnam just last month, flooding and damaging homes and knocking out power lines.
The latest floods hit Vietnam on Monday.
“Our entire village has had sleepless nights…it’s impossible to fight against this water, it’s the strongest in years,” a resident in northwestern Hoa Binh province was quoted by VTV as saying.
Vietnam’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said authorities were discharging water from dams to control water levels…
International Day for Disaster Reduction
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Psychology holds key to getting people out before disaster strikes
Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense. Recent hurricanes, floods, bushfires and earthquakes have highlighted the significant potential for mass trauma. Yet we know relatively little about the psychology of decision-making in dangerous conditions.
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