Natural disasters in the past two months have caused Vietnam 30 trillion dong in economic damage and killed 192 people, with 57 still missing, authorities said on Wednesday (Dec 2).
Vietnam’s central region has had a tough year, with its important tourism industry crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic long before the arrival of nine typhoons that wiped out crops and damaged homes of hundreds of thousands people.
“We embraced nine typhoons and two tropical depressions in just two months, from mid-September to mid-November. Those abnormal weather events cost our country 30 trillion dong,” said Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong in a government statement.
“We have to make sure our residents are not homeless, suffering from hunger or lacking fresh water post-typhoon,” Cuong added.
Vietnam is prone to destructive storms and flooding due to its long coastline.
About 11.8 million people in Vietnam’s coastal provinces are exposed to the threat of intense flooding, with 35 per cent of settlements located on crowded and eroding coastlines, a World Bank report said in October.