Listen: Families are living on the front line of climate change in Vietnam
"Is one of the world's most vulnerable countries to climate change is already having a huge impact on the lives of those in the Mekong Delta the agricultural heartland of the country and home to twenty percent of the country's population actually John Baptiste went to meet the families living on the frontline of climate change. with rising sea levels posted immersion and salt water intrusion destroying farmland climate change is a reality here in Vietnam families across the Mekong Delta face in an increasingly desperate situation we met young phone long and his wife and so trying a coastal province that has been particularly impacted by erosion. most some in the middle of the night two buildings on their property collapse. around the corner from where the main house used to be the couple have bill to Tempe shelter outs of corrugated iron she's with waterproof toppling covering their belongings in law now we don't know yet I will yeah I got to hang with we haven't had a sound night's sleep since all houses collapsed we may move far away from this area it's scary to live on the river bank and that's exactly what's happening eighteen million people currently live in the Mekong Delta. according to Vietnamese government statistics one point three million people left the delta region in the last ten years less than three hundred thousand arrived study it's van line university in Vietnam found that fifteen percent of those leave in moved because of climate change this is the two leads he came one one of the authors of the study. the impact of climate change the selloff. we have a problem now with life drying and high temperature lens line and flooding and many people they have no job and even they have known will house too late increasingly families who feel unable to cope with the changes choosing to leave the delta in an attempt to find more stability in cities like coaching men okay and so. somebody this parts of a government program designed to help vulnerable families we locate others we've independently like this couple noon ten mark and his wife lead see not clan tell the night of the move on my own many years ago a we lived happily in our hometown we could make a living for agriculture later it was more difficult to find just the salt water and acidic soil we lost our crops for that reason we moved to the city hall stop this bike washing business but this isn't an option for everyone more than three quarters of people in the me compelled to work in agriculture so the livelihood some intrinsically linked to environmental changes is creating an impossible situation for some even if climate changes creates impressed when their homes or jobs that concerned over prospects elsewhere. what happens here in Vietnam isn't unique the World Bank estimates that I have a one hundred and forty million people could be internally displaced by twenty fifty because of climate change."