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Trash floods Hanoi street after Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 16:18 GMT+7
Trash floods Hanoi street after Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations
A woman collects waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Participants who filled Hang Ma Street in the famous Hanoi Old Quarter in the Vietnamese capital on Friday night to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival have left behind a huge amount of trash.

Located in Hoan Kiem District, Hang Ma Street is considered one of the most bustling places in Hanoi to enjoy the festival, observed on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month every year.

The venue, lined with stores and makeshift stalls selling souvenirs, lanterns and foods and beverages, had been packed with visitors in the lead-up to the main festive night on Friday.

People visit Hang Ma Street to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi on September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
People visit Hang Ma Street to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi on September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Visitors buy drinks-to-go from a street vendor on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Visitors buy drinks-to-go from a street vendor on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

People had a fun night celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival on Hang Ma Street, and what's left after they've gone home is an enomous amount of garbage.

Used plastic cups and food containers were littered all over the venue, despite trash cans being placed along the walkway.

“Over the past week, we had to work [on Hang Ma Street] every night until 3:00 am of the next morning,” Nguyen Thi Hien, a local sanitation worker, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The daily amount of trash collected over the last few days is four, five times higher than normal days, according to Kim Quy, another worker.

Below are some photos capturing the ugly scene at Hang Ma Street on Friday night after the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations.

A group of participants walk on waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
A group of participants walk on waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Waste is littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Waste is littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Waste is littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
Waste is littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
A sanitation worker cleans up waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre
A sanitation worker cleans up waste littered on Hang Ma Street in Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, September 13, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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