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  • Location: Camborne
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Vietnam Floods Kill 17 and Threaten to Pollute Ha Long Bay

 

Flooding in northern Vietnam has killed at least 17 people, with the continuing rain prompting concerns of landslides and of pollution from inundated coal mines reaching one of the country’s most famous sites of natural beauty.

 

A Vietnamese Navy vessel was sent to Co To Island, off the northeast coast, to rescue about 1,500 tourists who had been stranded since the weekend because of severe weather, Tuoi Tre News, a state-run agency, reported on its website on Thursday.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/31/world/asia/vietnam-floods.html?smid=tw-nytimesworld

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They say it's the greatest rainfall in the last 4 decades and nearly 3000 houses have been damaged. And yes toxic floods from coal mines and power stations have hit the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site. I wonder if there were any disaster risk management protocols in place or any mitigation measures had been pursued in advance.

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