The American business news channel CNBC has produced an interactive map of the 10 Asian cities most threatened by climate change flooding through 2070s based on the data from an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report. Two cities of Hải Phòng in the North and Hồ Chí Minh City (HCMC) in the South of Vietnam are included in the list.
Morning of August 26, 2021 in Hải Phòng city: 1 – 1.2 m flooding at Cầu Đất street, Ngô Quyền district. Photo: Giang Chinh. Source: https://vnexpress.net
The OECD report, first published in 2007, entitled “Ranking of the world`s cities most exposed to coastal flooding today and in the future” is a collaborative effort of international experts in climate modelling, risk management, policy, and economics. It is within the framework of an OECD project on cities and climate change. The report´s authors are from Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research under Southampton University, company Risk Management Solutions, CIRED/Meteo-France, and the OECD. The authors stated several major reasons for the coastal flooding threat including the deepening climate change emergency, gradual cave-in of land/subsidence, population growth, and increasing urbanization. The lead authors confirmed the CNBC last month in August that “the assessment remains the clearest listing of port cities at risk”.
Sources & further information: “10 thành phố hàng đầu Châu Á nguy cơ lũ lụt cao có Hải Phòng, TP.HCM” at https://kinhtemoitruong.vn, “The 10 Asian cities most threatened by climate change flooding” at https://www.cnbc.com, and “Ranking of the world`s cities most exposed to coastal flooding today and in the future – Executive Summary” at https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu, accessed on 22 September 2021.