Vietnam’s ticking time-bomb of elderly poverty

More are working into old age to survive, in the world’s most rapidly aging country. Will solutions be too little, too late for Vietnam’s growing ranks of elderly poor? Part 1 of a regional series on elderly poverty explores the issues.

But, with the sun approaching its noon peak, their day is barely halfway through. Now comes the even more arduous task: Hawking their snacks – a menu of red bean soup, mung bean dumplings, banana cake and an iced peanut drink – in the blazing heat.

Despite her slight hunch, 70-year-old Madam Chau Chung Muoi moves just as nimbly as her younger sister Dao Muoi who is 61, and she propels the heavy-laden pushcart with surprising speed down the busy streets. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam’s ticking time-bomb of elderly poverty”

ASIA’S FUTURE CITIES: Can Manila avoid climate catastrophe as it teeters on the brink?

Maricris Ramos was 23 at the time and recalls the pure fear that struck her community in Navotas, an exposed district facing Manila Bay.

“First, the waves became big, alarmingly big.  They crashed into our house, destroying it. Our house used to stand there,” she said, pointing to a spot closer to the current shorefront.

Tengson’s waterfront houses were struck hard by Typhoon Nesat in 2011.

Her family’s home – and the thousands of others in Tengson – are now further elevated above the water level and are sheltered by a dike system, which is designed to prevent flooding during powerful storm surges, as happened in 2011.

Tengson feels precarious. The houses, mostly made from flimsy metal, are stacked like Lego bricks. The passages between them are narrow and dank and plastic waste engulfs areas where adults work and children play.

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Buôn Ma Thuột lộng lẫy sắc màu văn hóa đại ngàn

       Tròn 42 năm sau giải phóng, Buôn Ma Thuột vui tươi, tưng bừng với lễ hội đường phố náo nhiệt chưa từng có. Công chúng được thưởng thức sắc màu văn hóa không chỉ của 47 dân tộc anh em chung sống trên địa bàn tỉnh Đắk Lắk, hàng chục dân tộc khác trên khắp khu vực Tây Nguyên và vùng lân cận, mà còn có cả hương sắc mới lạ của những đoàn nghệ thuật đến từ nhiều quốc gia. 

Buôn Ma Thuột ngày tròn 42 năm giải phóng

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