Check out what’s in the news today, February 9, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year 2019!
-- Cloudy but sunny weather is in the forecast for the northern provinces in Vietnam while there may be rains in the central and southern regions on Saturday.
-- Four drowned, two went missing as a group of nine ninth graders went swimming at a beach in Binh Minh Village, Thang Binh District, in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, on Friday afternoon.
-- A passenger bus traveling on a section of the National Highway 1 in Hoang Hoa District in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, collided with a car carrying a blue license plate, which often designates vehicles as being owned by state organizations, causing three deaths, five injuries on Friday morning.
-- An electric cabinet at the Thu Duc 3 water supply plant located in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City was burned on Friday morning, resulted in a water shortage for households in parts of districts of Go Vap, Binh Thanh and District 12.
-- Resorts in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet, two famed coastal cities in the south-central province of Binh Thuan, were packed with tourists on Friday, the fourth day of the Lunar New Year 2019 holiday. The provincial tourism department estimates that staying visitors to the locality during this occasion will reach 100,000, up 22 percent over the same period last year.
-- Sapphire Princess, one of the world's largest international cruise ships, with port of registry in London, carrying about 2,800 international visitors and 1,080 crew members from Hong Kong, docked at the SP-SSA International Terminal SSIT in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on Friday morning.
-- The Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday that Co.opXtra Su Van Hanh, an outlet of Vietnam's leading supermarket chain Co.opmart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10, has been named in the list of '17 stores you must visit this year,' according to IGD Asia, Asia’s leading retail research organization.
-- As many as 500 workers were employed on Friday evening to carry out cleanup for the Nguyen Hue Flower Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, an annual event to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday that wrapped up the same day after running for a week.