A new climate change study ranks Vietnam third (behind Myanmar and Yemen) among countries worst hit by extreme weather events in 2008. The study by Germanwatch, published during the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Denmark, says Vietnam was one of four countries bearing the brunt of natural catastrophes from 1990 to 2008.
The study contends 600,000 people died in the ten most affected countries, with financial loses totaling $1.7 trillion. The study attributes the destruction partly to climate change and says industrialized countries bear most of the responsibility and should be the main providers of the financial support to the developing world that suffers the consequences.
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