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One killed, another injured as gusts knock down trees in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, November 26, 2018, 10:01 GMT+7
One killed, another injured as gusts knock down trees in Ho Chi Minh City
The motorbike is crushed by a falling tree on Nguyen Van Linh Street in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

One person was killed and another injured by falling trees in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday as a tropical depression - remnants of the weakened storm Usagi brought about heavy rains and strong gusts to the southern metropolis.

At around 2:00 pm, the extreme weather conditions uprooted a tree, whose diameter was approximately one meter, along Nguyen Van Linh Street in Binh Chanh District.

The tree fell onto a motorcyclist, seriously injuring him and damaging his vehicle.

Dozens of local residents joined hands to rescue the victim and brought him to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment, but he eventually succumbed to the wounds.

The victim was later identified as Nguyen Van Tan, 58, who hailed from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.

Competent authorities deal with the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Competent authorities deal with the accident. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to Tan’s family members, he was heading to a relative’s house to attend the death anniversary of his grandfather.

Another tree on Nguyen Van Linh Street was also knocked down by the strong gusts in the same afternoon, injuring a man, over 40, who was riding his motorbike.

He was then admitted to the hospital.

A tree falls on a school bus in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A tree falls on a school bus in Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

At Can Thanh Town in the coastal district of Can Gio, a ten-meter tall tree was uprooted and fell onto a local power line, resulting in a power outage in the neighborhood.

The tree also crushed a school bus parked at side of the road. Nobody was hurt in the incident.

At around 5:00 pm the same day, a utility post broke and fell on a Mercedes automobile in District 1.

No one was in the car at the time, but the vehicle had its rear distorted.

A Mercedes car is damaged by a broken utility post in District 1. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A Mercedes car is damaged by a broken utility post in District 1. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Statistics of the weather station based in southern Vietnam showed that rainfall in downtown Ho Chi Minh City was recorded as a whopping 234 millimeters as of 10:30 pm.

Downpours and gusts were brought about in the wake of Storm Usagi, the ninth one to his Vietnam this year.

The storm already weakened into a tropical depression after approaching the mainland on Sunday afternoon, but havoc remained in the affected localities.

Many neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City were completely submerged, forcing authorities to cut off power supply in multiple districts within several hours on Sunday night to prevent electrical accidents.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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