Wednesday , June 7 2023

Natural disasters cause $830M economic loss in 2022

Natural disasters caused economic loss worth nearly VND19.5 trillion (US$830 million) in 2022, up 3.4 times from 2021, the National Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said Thursday.

Also, 175 persons were killed or went missing during natural disasters last year, it was reported at the conference of the committee.

Since the beginning of this year, seven persons have died or gone missing during natural disasters, while economic loss amounted to nearly VND25 billion. Most recently, a heatwave brought temperature to a record high in northern Vietnam in late March.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang, who heads the committee and the National Committee for Natural Disaster Response and Search and Rescue, urged ministries, agencies and local administrations to change the mindset from passively responding to proactively preventing natural disaster. He also required investing more in forecasting work.

In addition, tasks in natural disaster prevention and control should be integrated in socio-economic development plans, Quang said.

Tran Hong Thai, Director of the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration, said the sector is working to apply new technologies and tools in forecasting work and accelerate the drafting of natural disaster risk maps.

The sector will also make use of modern communications means such as mobile phone apps and social media for forecasting and warning of natural disasters to quickly reach users.

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