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Dusty road vexes Ho Chi Minh City residents (pics)

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 18:04 GMT+7

A road section in Ho Chi Minh City which has been repaired for over one month is now blanketed with thick dust, thus plunging locals into untold misery.

A 20-meter section of Kha Van Can Street, which crosses Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District, has undergone repairs since last month but it currently shows no signs of completion.

A van is deployed to wet the road surface to keep dust particles from scattering all over around 8:00 am, but it is not done on a daily basis.

Houses lining the road stretch have therefore been clouded with smothering layers of dust during all that time.

While residents struggle hard to breathe, bikers shield their noses and eyes from the intolerable dust volume.

Thick layers of dust are seen every day overspreading furniture and business in local homes has been grinding to a pause or even a complete stop.

Fog-like dust is pervasive on a part of Kha Van Can Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, both in daytime and at night. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vo Minh Son, a local, owns two houses along the repaired street section.

He lamented business in the ceramic tile store in one of his houses has been painfully slow because of the road repair.

His other house, which is leased to a tenant, has been shuttered all along as the tenant’s business was seriously impacted by the insufferable dust volume.

Son’s wife, who peddles bread with meat to students from a college nearby, has temporarily shut down her business as the dust keeps deterring buyers from coming to her stall.

“Dust is everywhere. We really hope the repair will be soon over, so that we can have our normal life back,” Kieu Thi Xuyen, another resident, said in one of her coughs.

Aggravated by the stifling heat as summer approaches, the dust volume has taken a terrible toll on locals and bikers.  

Bikers hold their breath and cup their noses and mouths while traveling on the road section. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A woman is pictured covering his little child’s face with her hand to keep the dust out. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Students are shown waiting at a bus stop on the repaired road section. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Though carefully blanketed, a printer in a photocopy shop is still covered with a thick layer of dust. Photo: Tuoi Tre

By the end of a recent day, the surface of a table at a furniture shop was shrouded in thick, black dust. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young man puts on a mask to avoid inhaling excessive dust particles though he sits indoors. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A local man is shown wetting the road surface in front of his home for the second time during the day to keep specks of dust from being hurled into the air for a while. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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