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Mother Nature unleashes her fury

Friday, January 27, 2017, 10:07 GMT+7

Climate change is caused by toxic waste released into the environment and the sea, in addition to deforestation, which collectively destroy the habitats of animals and plants.

The ecosystem is changing; the earth is becoming warmer; sea levels are rising, all making natural disasters more frequent and more ferocious, when houses, properties and entire villages  are washed away by the sea.

Facing hardship, needy people have to relocate to continue making a living. The government and members of the public have spent large sums of money on overcoming the consequences of the disasters, but we just cannot wait any longer!

From this very moment, each of us have to start showing responsibility, and join hands in protecting the natural environment and our oceans to reduce climate change, and help make the earth greener.

Over the last six years, along 1,000 meters of beaches from Tien Duc Village, Tien Thanh Commune to the residential area No.5, Duc Long Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province, more than 300 houses have been washed away by the sea, and 100 others could collapse at anytime.

The rest have had  to live in makeshift houses. There were even nights when they did not dare to sleep, fearing being washed away with their houses and properties.

Most of the locals here are poor or nearly-poor households. It is certain that they will become even poorer if one day, Mother Nature abandons them.

Below are a series of photos by Pham Van Thanh featuring the anger of Mother Nature.

These photos were one of the entries to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper's year-long competition themed “Vietnam – Country – People" concluding in October last year.

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People struggle to cross a street hit by strong waves.

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Nguyen Hoang Nam, 70, does not know where to relocate as he has witnessed numerous cases of houses being washed away by the sea.

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Nguyen Van Hung, 30, lives in a makeshift house after his own house collapsed.

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This villa belongs to Nguyen Thanh Liem, who has heavily invested in building a dike to protect his property from strong waves.

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People pile up sand bags to protect their houses.

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Some houses by the sea have become this rubble.

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A concrete dike is being built, hoping to help save the village.

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