Ha V. Nhu
A flash flood in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi
Viet Nam is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. With a coastline stretching 3,440km, combined with a diverse and complex topography, Viet Nam suffers many different types of natural hazards. These are both hydro-meteorological (such as floods, storms, droughts and heavy rainfall) and geophysical (such as landslides and to a lesser extent, earthquakes). More than 70% of the population is estimated to be exposed to risks from such hazards. Besides recurrent impacts on human health, such hazards affect multiple sectors, including agriculture, industry, energy and education.