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Vietnam has teamed up with the Asian Development Bank to build a database detailing the greenhouse gas emissions of major government departments and urban centres in the country.

The database will be the first of its kind in Vietnam.

It will contain records of greenhouse gas emissions from the country’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Ministry of Transport and the People’s Committees of three of its urban districts—Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City and Thanh Hoa province.

Read more: Vietnam to build greenhouse gas emissions database

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Viet Nam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand yesterday, Jan 26, reached an agreement to protect water quality in the Mekong River against emerging threats.

The Procedures for Water Quality agreement, the first of its kind and sealed by environment and water ministers from the four countries at the 17th annual meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council in HCM City, seeks to safeguard the basin and prepare people and agencies to respond to environmental emergencies.

Read more: VN, Laos, Thailand to protect Mekong

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As a result of climate change, experts say storms likely to get worse and more erratic.

Flooding in VietnamExtreme weather is a part of everyday life in Vietnam.

The Mekong Delta floods each year and small children travel to school by boat. Typhoons and tropical storms blow across the South China Sea to the central coast, often on course from the Philippines. Rains flood the cities and thousands of motorbike exhaust pipes choke on the murky water.

But the floods that hit the north-central coast of Vietnam this past October were outside the normal pattern. What initially looked like an unremarkable depression on satellite maps wound up dropping 80 percent of Ha Tinh province's average annual rainfall in just 10 days. Close to 200 people died in these and later floods. More than 250,000 houses were submerged.

Major floods are usually prefaced by a storm. These weren’t. Few had the opportunity to move their belongings to higher ground. Many were trapped on rooftops without food or water for days. Reports by aid groups detailed stories of costly hospital equipment ruined and pregnant women giving birth in attics.

And this likely won’t be a one-off event. According to experts, unpredictable weather patterns seem to be on the rise in Vietnam. The country will need to adapt, they say, or face increased losses of agriculture, infrastructure and overall GDP.

Read more: Vietnam: More extreme weather on the way

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