The checks have been instituted following a devastating flood caused by a dam collapse at the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower plant.
The physical nibbling away of the Mekong Delta’s edges by advancing erosion is producing unwanted social and economic ripples reaching Ho Chi Minh City and beyond.
Elderly people in the Mekong Delta have had a difficult life, but some are now facing even greater hardships as their land washes away.
Young women are pursuing husbands abroad, betting on economic security over love, while leaving young men to struggle to find partners among the women who remain.
The Lao Cai border economic zone will be developed into an industrial, urban, trade and service hub, serving as a driving force for the growth of the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai, according to the zone’s master plan.
Will dropping a 41-km concrete wall into the sea actually help or will it perpetuate the city’s legacy of failed land-use policies and infrastructure miss-management?
Experts warn such a barrier will do little to address major factors contributing to HCMC’s inundation, and far more attention should be paid to non-technical strategies.
Taiwanese chemists are helping “Golden Triangle” drug lords, mainly in neighbouring Myanmar’s self-administered Wa state, to pump out more drugs than ever.