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​Ho Chi Minh City struggles with scorching heat (photos)

​Ho Chi Minh City struggles with scorching heat (photos)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 09:48 GMT+7

The scorching heat has hit the southern metropolis over the past week, bringing temperatures as high as 40 degrees Celsius.

Most people choose to stay inside during the day, especially between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Those who have to go outside have to protect themselves from head to toe with sunglasses, masks, jackets, gloves, socks, and other protective clothing.

Workers at a construction site in Thu Thiem New Urban Area, District 2.
Workers at a construction site in Thu Thiem New Urban Area, District 2.

The weather pattern seems to be specifically excruciating for laborers who spend most of the day working outdoors and bearing the extreme heat to earn a living.

“Despite the bolstering weather, we have to finish our daily work on time,” Le Sang, a 32-year-old construction worker in Go Vap District, said.

“We are only allowed to have a short lunch break before returning to the construction site,” Sang continued.

Tam, who collects scrap metal for a living, said he works from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, adding that the hot weather has made his job even more arduous.
Tam, who collects scrap metal for a living, said he works from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm every day, adding that the hot weather has made his job even more arduous.

Hoan, a scrapper in District 2, stated that great endurance is necessary when it comes to his job.

“Normal people are likely to become dizzy or faint after one or two hours working under this baking weather,” Hoan remarked.

Scrappers work under the sun in District 2.
Scrappers work under the sun in District 2.
A lottery ticket seller looks for scrap to earn some extra pennies.
A lottery ticket seller looks for scrap to earn some extra pennies.
Tru, 68, who sells drinks along a street in District 2, stated that working under the extreme heat is very difficult for old people like him.
Tru, 68, who sells drinks along a street in District 2, stated that working under the extreme heat is very difficult for old people like him.
A street vendor sits on the sidewalk of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1.
A street vendor sits on the sidewalk of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1.
A garbage collector endures the scorching heat to finish his job on Van Kiep Street, Binh Thanh District.
A garbage collector endures the scorching heat to finish his job on Van Kiep Street, Binh Thanh District.
A man loads bags of scrap metal onto a truck.
A man loads bags of scrap metal onto a truck.
An elderly woman sells food along a street in Ho Chi Minh City.
An elderly woman sells food along a street in Ho Chi Minh City.
Commuters cover themselves with protective clothing when traveling under the sun.
Commuters cover themselves with protective clothing when traveling under the sun.
Workers repair a substation in Binh Thanh District to ensure power supply for local residents during the hot weather.
Workers repair a substation in Binh Thanh District to ensure power supply for local residents during the hot weather.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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