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Climate change could drown central Vietnam's famous Hoi An Town

Nearly one third of Quang Nam Province's UNESCO-recognized Hoi An ancient town in central Vietnam may become submerged by floods by 2020, the local government has warned.


The Quang Nam Province People's Committee released an action plan Monday aimed at combating climate change during the 2013-2015 period specifically; and towards 2030 more generally.


According to the plan, rising seawaters will leave about 28 percent of the area of Hoi An, the most low-lying part of Quang Nam, underwater by 2020.


Hoi An authorities have been taking measures to adjust tourism activities to climate change, dredging rivers and developing waterway tourism.


They are also controlling investment into biodiversity-rich areas like the Cam Thanh water coconut grove and the Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islet) marine reserve.


So far, Quang Nam has designed 38 projects to cope with climate change.


Hoi An, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a major tourist draw for its centuries-old pastel-colored buildings.


Every year when rainy season comes, floodwaters from the Thu Bon River flow downstream into Hoi An.

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