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Hanoi laborers toil in stormy weather

Sunday, August 04, 2019, 16:10 GMT+7
Hanoi laborers toil in stormy weather
A vegetable seller carries her products on a bicycle under heavy rain in Hanoi on August 3, 2019. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

While most people decided to stay indoors during a stormy day in Hanoi, others remained outside to continue earning a living under the harsh weather condition.

Tropical Storm Wipha made landfall in northern Vietnam on Friday night and weakened into a tropical depression, while its circulation unleashed heavy downpours on multiple localities in the region, including the capital city.

Rain started dampening the capital on Friday night and lingered until the end of the following morning.

A street food vendor sits in front of a building as she hopefully waits for a customer. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A street food vendor sits in front of a building as she hopefully waits for a customer. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

As of Saturday afternoon, multiple streets in the city were submerged under rainwater.

Strong gusts also uprooted and broke many trees.

While it was recommended that local residents stay indoors for their own safety, many people still had to remain outside as it was part of their daily jobs.

“It doesn’t matter if it is sunny or rainy,” a street vendor said.

“All I know is that if I don’t work, my children are going to starve.”

A woman sells sweet soups under the rain in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman sells sweet soups under the rain in Hanoi. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Tam, a 57-year-old woman who sells sweet soups along local streets, said that business was so slow on the rainy morning that her family might not be able to afford a decent meal.

Conventional motorbike taxi drivers also had a hard time finding customers as people tended to catch a taxi or use ride-hailing apps given the weather condition.

Meanwhile, employees of the Hanoi Greenery Park Company had to work extra hard to remove broken trees from local streets and sidewalks.

Similarly, street sweepers had to work under the rain to keep the city clean.  

A street sweeper works under the rain. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

A street sweeper works under the rain. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

A man rides a cyclo along a street in Hanoi. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

A man rides a cyclo along a street in Hanoi. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike taxi driver parks his vehicle on a corner of a street. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike taxi driver parks his vehicle on a corner of a street. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Employees of the Hanoi Greenery Park Company remove broke tree branches from the roadway. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

Employees of the Hanoi Greenery Park Company remove broken tree branches from the roadway. Photo: Dinh Minh / Tuoi Tre

Hawkers sell their products on the rainy morning. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Hawkers sell their products on the rainy morning. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

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