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Vietnam holds workshop on tech to forecast natural disasters

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As a part of the activities to celebrate the 75th Traditional Day of the Vietnamese Meteorological and Hydrological Sector, a workshop was held on hydro-meteorological monitoring technology for the forecasting and warning of natural disasters.

The event happened on 2 October and also discussed information consultation on meteorology and hydrology for disaster risk disclosure. Speaking at the workshop, Prof. Dr. Tran Hong Thai, Director General of the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration said that since its establishment, the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Sector has made significant contributions to socio-economic development, defence, and security, and especially disaster prevention and control.

The modernisation of hydrometeorology monitoring, broadcasting, and forecasting is the top priority of the meteorological and hydrological sector, especially the application of Industry 4.0 technologies in the general activities of the sector. Properly assessing natural disaster risks will contribute to reducing damage.

The workshop also aimed to create a forum for scientists from research institutes, universities, enterprises, and units under the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration to exchange and share scientific and technological information. Also, to enable participants to propose research directions and possible applications of modern technologies in hydrometeorology monitoring, transmission, forecasting, and warning.

As OpenGov Asia reported in September, the pandemic has been the top priority for almost every nation across the globe, and while dealing with the pandemic, many governments have also had to tackle national natural disasters and severe weather incidents. In the first half of 2020, Asia experienced earthquakes, floods, landslides, volcanoes, typhoons, and bushfires, all while dealing with the pandemic.

As one of 42 countries around the world that can produce vaccines, Vietnam is speeding up its vaccine research to soon finalise a “made in Vietnam” COVID-19 vaccine for the country. The acting Health Minister, Nguyen Thanh Long, made the statement while delivering a speech at a workshop on the introduction of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Vietnam.

Domestic and international experts at the event discussed preparations for the use of COVID-19 vaccines in the world and Vietnam, aimed at assisting the country in implementing a national strategic plan as soon as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

Manufacturers, research institutions, and countries are making it their top priority to develop a possible vaccine against COVID-19 that can be supplied to the market as soon as possible to help control the epidemic and bring back a normal life.

According to the World Health Organisation, as of 24 September, 187 COVID-19 candidate vaccines are undergoing research worldwide, of which 38 are undergoing clinical trials, while 149 others are in pre-clinical research.

Critical event management has come to the fore with the pandemic. Forecasting, planning and management of critical events help organisations and authorities prevent disruption of life and damage to property.

Governments rely on several, specific systems for critical event management. Such programmes are essential to national well-being especially with the increase in natural disasters. But, more often than not, they operate in isolation of each other. According to world experts in Critical Event Management – Everbridge, this siloed approach can create duplication in information and processes, data contradictions and, when unchecked, could lead to loss of life and damages.

Everbridge’s Coronavirus Preparedness and solutions can make a significant difference in mitigating harm caused by the pandemic. They provide richer intelligence and correlating threats with locations of assets and people ensuring more rapid and comprehensive incident assessment and remediation.

With the pandemic forecast to be around for some time, planning responses to adverse events must continue alongside COVID-19 management. In light of this, it is expedient for governments to re-look at their systems, tools, processes and platforms they have in place to manage critical events.

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