What The Papers Say Dec 2018 - Jan 2019

(No.6, Vol.8,Dec 2018-Jan 2019 Vietnam Heritage Magazine)

HCM City turns into ocean as Usagi arrives
Tuoi Tre News November 26
Many neighborhoods across Ho Chi Minh City were submerged under a massive volume of rainwater as downpours overwhelmed the metropolis on the entire Sunday.
Torrential rains started flooding numerous roads in many districts in the evening, posing a nightmare for commuters, especially motorcyclists.
In District 7 floodwater was as high as one meter and people were helplessly pushing their broken-down motorbikes. Motorbike repair stores along the road were always filled with customers.
Those who live along inundated streets and alleys had to applied every measure possible to prevent floodwater from flowing into their houses, or to at least mitigate the situation inside their already flooded homes.
The southern weather station said the rain on Sunday had the highest volume and longest duration in the city’s history.

Nha Trang projects cause deadly landslides
Tuoi Tre News November 23
Local residents believe that projects developed atop several mountains in Nha Trang, a beach city in the south-central region’s province of Khanh Hoa, are behind recent deadly landslides that affected the residential areas below.
At least 18 people were killed and several remain missing after downpours triggered mudslides in multiple areas across the city last weekend.
Officials said most of the victims were buried uder massive piles of mud and rocks which fell down the mountains, and rescue efforts had been severely impeded by the difficult terrain.
The locality was establish in the early 2000s with more than 300 houses at the foot of a mountain and this is the first tragedy of this type to hit the area.

Coastal erosion erases beaches, destroys resorts in Phan Thiet
Tuoi Tre News November 20
Beaches in Phan Thiet, the capital and resort city of the south-central province of Binh Thuan, are being gradually erased by severe coastal erosion, leaving resort owners fearing for their properties.
Along a two-kilometer coastline in Ham Tien Ward, erosion has turned land into sea, with the width of beaches being reduced by around 25-35 meters.
While some resorts erect temporary dykes to fight off the erosion, others have seen their properties engulfed by the intruding water, leaving large, dangerous cavities along the shoreline.
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Binh Thuan Province admits coastal erosion is now worse than when it was first reported in March, with the length of affected coastline doubling from one kilometer to two kilometers.
The erection of unlicensed makeshift dykes along the shoreline by local resorts have actually worsened the situation.

Hanoi to catch unattended dogs to fight rabies
VNExpress International November 28
Hanoi is set to hire dogcatchers to round up stray and unattended canines as part of efforts to combat rabies.
According to the city's Animal Health Department, besides preventing the spread of rabies, the city also seeks to educate people on how to raise dogs properly, ensuring the safety of people.
The dog wardens will hit the streets starting next year.
A law enacted last year requires dogs to be muzzled, chained and attended to by their owners in public. Violations attract fines of VND600,000-VND800,000 ($26-34). Rabies killed 67 people in Vietnam in the first nine months this year, according to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology.

Vietnam’s wetlands under threat
Viet Nam News November 12
Wetlands in Viet Nam, which occupy an important place in the development of the country and are a key source of income for local communities, are under threat from both natural factors and human activities.
With a total area of nearly 12 million hectares, accounting for 37 per cent of the country’s total land, wetlands benefit all economic sectors.
At present, many wetlands have been reduced. Some have become degraded or polluted, while others are not being used sustainably, requiring effective conservation.
Experts say that unsustainable use of wetland areas is a major threat to their conservation and management.Wetlands are in danger, but conservation work is not yet effective due to a lack of investment.

New cavefish species found in Quang Binh cave
Viet Nam News October 30
Scientists at the Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources have announced the discovery of a new fish species endemic to a cave system in the central region’s Quang Binh Province, which is home to the world’s biggest grotto, Son Doong.
The institute announced the discovery of Speolapeo hokhanhi, a blind cavefish in the province’s Hang Va Cave. Research on the new species was conducted during field trips in Quang Binh’s Son River basin starting in 2014.
It also added that only six species of subterranean fishes have been reported from karst regions lying between Viet Nam and Laos.
The newly-found cavefish has a white to pinkish coloured body and all of its fins are transparent.
Experts expected to find more new cavefish species in these karst caves once the research activities are fostered in the area.

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