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Land subsidence, rising seas threaten Mekong Delta

Last update 16:34 | 03/08/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – The sustainable development of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta faces many threats, especially the rising sea level, worsening land subsidence and declining sedimentation, Dr Le Xuan Thuyen of the University of Natural Sciences has warned.

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A severe landslide that occurred along a bank of the Tien River in Thanh Binh District in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap last April. 

Speaking at a seminar last Thursday in HCM City titled “Challenges for sustainable development of the Mekong Delta,” Thuyen said: “The delta is formed by sediments and fairly steady sea levels. Now the two elements are no longer present and so the delta is facing an uncertain future.” Continue reading “Land subsidence, rising seas threaten Mekong Delta”

Mekong Delta protective forests wiped away by rising waters

Last update 07:20 | 14/04/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – Thousands of households along the coast in Ca Mau province have been living in fear as hundreds of meters of protective forests have been lost to the sea each year.

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Nguyen Cong Tuan of Dat Mui commune recently drove reporters to the Vam Xoay seaport, about two kilometers away from the central area of the commune.

“The sea here is compared with an ‘evil genius’. Strong big waves can sweep away houses and properties and threaten our lives any time,” he said, pointing to the seaport, where big waves were hitting the shore and roaring. Continue reading “Mekong Delta protective forests wiped away by rising waters”

Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide

Small but unstoppable increases will double frequency of extreme water levels with dire consequences, say scientists

High tides lash Mumbai on the western Indian coast.
High tides lash Mumbai on the western Indian coast. A sea level rise of 5-10cm could double the flood risk. Photograph: Pal Pillai/AFP/Getty

Small but inevitable rises in sea level will double the frequency of severe coastal flooding in most of the world with dire consequences for major cities that sit on coastlines, according to scientists.

The research takes in to account the large waves and storm surges that can tip gradually rising sea levels over the edge of coastal defences. Lower latitudes will be first affected, in a great swath through the tropics from Africa to South America and throughout south-east Asia, with Europe’s Atlantic coast and the west coast of the US not far behind. Continue reading “Sea level rise will double coastal flood risk worldwide”