More than 27,260 cases of deforestation were reported annually from 2011 to 2015 with some 2,648ha of forest destroyed each year, though the number reduced by 35 per cent between 2016 and 2018.
The HCM City Central Steering Committee on Disaster Prevention and Control has ordered city districts to take timely measures to deal with fallen trees during the rainy season following the the death of a student who was hit by a falling tree on Tuesday at a secondary school.
A student has been killed and 12 others were injured after a large tree fell on them at a secondary school in HCM City’s District 3 on Tuesday morning.
Authorities and people in HCM City held tree-planting activities across 24 districts on the day. In 2019, the city planted more than 400,000 trees.