Technical Report: Floods in Central Viet Nam

Ortiz-Vargas, Andrea and Sebesvari, Zita (2021). Technical Report: Floods in Central Viet Nam. Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021. United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS).

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    Author Ortiz-Vargas, Andrea
    Sebesvari, Zita
    Title Technical Report: Floods in Central Viet Nam
    Series Title Interconnected Disaster Risks 2020/2021
    Publication Date 2021-09-08
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Pages 37
    Language eng
    Abstract Viet Nam’s long coastline, geographic location and diverse topography and climate contribute to it being one of the most hazard-prone countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Almost all the provinces and cities in Viet Nam are affected by floods of varying intensity and duration. They are the country’s deadliest hazard, having caused 69 per cent of all disaster-related casualties between 1990 and 2014. Despite long experience with such events, Viet Nam’s disaster risk reduction measures and policies were still overwhelmed when nine storms and cyclones hit the central coast region within seven weeks. Storm Linfa, Storm Nangka, a tropical depression in the East Sea, Storm Saudel, Storm Molave, Super Typhoon Goni, Storm Astani, Storm Etau and Storm Vamco devastated Viet Nam from the beginning of October to mid-November of 2020 and caused widespread flooding in 10 regions. A combination of coastal flooding, urban flooding and heavy rains soon saturated the soils, leading to an unmanageable situation, even for a population and a government prepared to deal with these types of events. This technical background report for the 2020/2021 edition of the Interconnected Disaster Risks report analyses the root causes, drivers, impacts and potential solutions for the Central Viet Nam floods through a forensic analysis of academic literature, media articles and expert interviews.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.53324/TNAE9416
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