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US$2 billion lost to natural disasters in 2017
It is estimated that Việt Nam has lost VNĐ45 trillion (US$2 billion) due to natural disasters this year, Nguyễn Đỗ Anh Tuấn, director of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD) under the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (MARD), said.
The information was revealed at a seminar on supporting innovative and sustainable agriculture in Việt Nam, held by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in collaboration with MARD, in Hà Nội on Thursday.
“We expected the situation to be brighter than last year, but the two major typhoons No 10 and 12 (Doksuri and Damrey) were a real slap in the face,” he said.
“While last year, natural disasters resulted in huge loss of crops, this year, it is our properties and infrastructure that have…
Mexican Economy Shrank in Third Quarter as Natural Disasters Hit
The Mexican economy contracted in the third quarter from the preceding period as a series of natural disasters affected services and oil production, aggravating this year’s economic slowdown.
Gross domestic product, a measure of output in goods and services, fell 0.3% seasonally adjusted from the second quarter, and was up 1.5% unadjusted from the third quarter of 2016, the National Statistics Institute said Friday…
You Can Be Most Helpful After a Natural Disaster When the World Has Stopped Paying Attention
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico two months ago, we asked readers what they wanted to know about the crisis. Many of you asked about conditions on the ground, the status of electricity and clean water, and how aid was being allocated.
But one of the most frequent questions was about how to help. Whether it was providing funds for medical care, rescuing pets, or volunteering to help with the clean-up, there are many ways to respond to a disaster—some are effective and others…not so much. We asked some experts for some guidance…