Recognise the strength of women and girls in reducing disaster risks

As published in Dan Tri News on 10/10/2012

October 13 marks the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction and the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management. Across Vietnam and around the world, events are being held to raise awareness of the need to reduce the risks disasters pose and create safe communities, cities and countries. 

Every year we are reminded that Vietnam is highly prone to disasters such as floods, typhoons, droughts and landslides. According to the 2012 climate risk index produced by the organization Germanwatch, Vietnam ranks sixth in the world on climatic risks. Over the past two decades, climate related disasters have caused an average annual loss of USD 1.8 billion and an average of 445 deaths every year. With climate change, extreme weather events will only increase.

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