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A woman walks on what remains of her house and farm after destructive floods in Ha Giang Province, northern Vietnam, on June 24, 2018. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh

Mining, deforestation, and dams have destroyed their terrain and rendered them extremely vulnerable to flash floods.

He is an unnamed Thai man. Not a Thai national, but a member of Thai ethnic minority, one of 54 such communities in Vietnam. He’s 30 years old and lives with his wife and children next to a stream in the mountainous Phong Tho District in Lai Chau Province.

Read more: Lives of many people at stake in flood-prone northern Vietnam

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A meeting of women in Phăng 1 Village, Mường Phăng Commune, Điện Biên Province. — VNS Photo Chi Lan

ĐIỆN BIÊN — The climate in the valley of Mường Phăng in the mountainous Điện Biên Province is no longer as it was over previous centuries. But the change has brought some benefits to local farmers.

Read more: Weather project helps minority women battle climate change

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Global warming could be responsible for forcing 24,000 people to leave the Mekong Delta every year.

Inhabitants of this low-lying delta are among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change Shutterstock

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp and fruit. The 18 million inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last 10 years around 1.7 million people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals, while only 700,000 have arrived.

Read more: How climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

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