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Vietnam among six nations hardest hit by climate change

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam is among the six nations most severely impacted by climate change, said Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Dang Quoc Khanh during his recent visit to the Central Highlands hydro-meteorological station in Pleiku City, Gia Lai Province.

Minister Khanh underscored the profound impact of climate change on Vietnam, citing earlier and more intense heat waves, reduced rainfall, and unpredictable weather patterns.

These changes have exacerbated drought conditions and heightened the risk of wildfires across the country, he added.

The minister urged local meteorological agencies to enhance forecasting capacity and improve data accuracy to better respond to climate-related challenges.

The Central Highlands hydro-meteorological station has issued warnings of severe drought for the region this year, driven by above-average temperatures.

In addition to the Central Highlands, the Mekong Delta is seeing the effects of climate change, with saltwater intrusion posing a significant threat.

The intrusion reported during the 2019-2020 period resulted in the loss of 5,400 hectares of rice fields and the disruption of water supplies for 87,000 households, with agricultural losses amounting to VND1.7 trillion in value.

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