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Routes leading to Saigon congested as people return from Tet celebration

Wednesday, February 01, 2017, 10:58 GMT+7

Many routes leading to Ho Chi Minh City have been overwhelmed by the large number of people flocking back to the southern metropolis as the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday is coming to an end.

Congestion occurred on Tuesday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year festival, for many residents began to leave their hometown in the Mekong Delta for Ho Chi Minh City to resume work after the holiday.

Serious gridlock happened on National Highway 60 and the Rach Mieu Bridge in the Mekong Delta due to the immense volume of traffic from Ben Tre Province heading toward the southern hub.

Vehicles in both lanes for cars and motorbikes were traveling at a snail’s pace.  

A collision between an automobile and a motorcycle on the bridge at around 5:00 pm the same day exacerbated the situation, with traffic police promptly removing both vehicles to clear the road.

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Vehicles were stuck in endless traffic as they were heading from the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang to Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

On a section of National Highway 1 in Tien Giang Province, hundreds of cars and motorcycles were stuck in a long line of traffic as they were all flocking back to Ho Chi Minh City.

According to an official from the Tien Giang Department of Transport, the number of commuters is expected to continue rising on Wednesday.

Traffic police officers have been dispatched to traffic hotspots to deal with potential accidents and congestion, the official added.

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Vehicles travel at a snail’s pace on the Rach Mieu Bridge in the Mekong Delta. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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