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Disaster Risk Reduction Forum Kicks Off in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Uploaded on Mar 4, 2011

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Vietnamese officials have gathered to talk emergency preparedness. At the meeting, the main topic was what to do when a natural disaster strikes and how to reduce the losses to infrastructure and people's livlihoods.

Vietnam hosted a forum on disaster risk reduction and climate change concerns in Hanoi on Friday.

Hundreds of delegates attended the forum including Vietnamese officials and representatives from local and international organizations. The main agenda was to discuss the most suitable methods for disaster risk reduction in Vietnam.

Senator Loren Legarda from the Philippines came as the regional representative of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster.

Vietnam and the Philippines suffer 15 to 20 typhoons and storms annually, causing floods and landslides resulting in loss of lives and livelihood.

Vietnam is increasing efforts to win support and collect skills in disaster risk reduction.

[Loren Legarda, Philippine Senator]:
"Legislation and policies are important. We have put them in place. But the greater challenge is to make sure that human lives are saved. The greater challenge is to make sure that farmers don't lose their livelihood."

Vietnam can learn from the Philippine experience of successive typhoons in 2009. Typhoon Ketsana triggered the worst flooding in 40 years, followed by Parma, which unleashed record rainfall.

The two typhoons killed more than 800 people, destroyed thousands of homes and affected around eight million people.

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