Author: Michael DiGregorio
On November 2, 2009, typhoon Mirinae slammed into the coast of central Vietnam killing 122 people and causing $280 million in damage to property. While typhoons strike Vietnam each fall, the severity of this storm caught both meteorologists and local disaster relief professionals off guard. However, though storms like Mirinae are infrequent, they are not unusual, and storms of this magnitude have historically occurred about every 20 years. This report focuses on analyzing the causes of typhoon Mirinae’s severity and, using approved scenarios for climate change, assessing the potential impacts resulting from implementation of the Area Plan for Nhon Binh to 2020.
Overall, the report clearly illustrates that flood risks are changing in Quy Nhon, both due to climate and development. To avoid catastrophe, a new approach to urban planning is needed, one that is able to adapt to the risks imposed by a changing climate and thereby reduce risks to lives and property of all
Citation: DiGregorio, M. (2013). Learning from Typhoon Mirinae: Urbanization and climate change in Quy Nhon City, Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Vietnam.
Funded By: The Rockefeller Foundation