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In Vietnam, hundreds flock to beach to collect shellfish washed ashore by storm

In Vietnam, hundreds flock to beach to collect shellfish washed ashore by storm

Saturday, August 31, 2019, 16:00 GMT+7
In Vietnam, hundreds flock to beach to collect shellfish washed ashore by storm
People collect shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Hundreds of people flocked to Cua Lo Beach in the north-central province of Nghe An on Friday afternoon to collect a number of shellfish that were washed ashore by a tropical storm that made landfall in the area earlier the same day.

Tropical Storm Podul, the fourth to hit Vietnam this year, reached the coastline between north-central Ha Tinh and Quang Binh Provinces on early Friday morning. Following its landfall, the storm weakened into a tropical depression.

A large number of oysters, snails, and clams, have been washed up on a 500-meter shore strip at Cua Lo beach, prompting locals to flock to the scene to collect the shelffish.

While it is not uncommon for local people to find sea creatures washed ashore after a typhoon in the area, this is the largest shellfish bonanza they have ever found, according to some locals.

Hundreds of people, including even children and the elderly, brought different tools such as baskets and fishing nets to the beach to pick up what was likely to fill their dinner tables with fresh seafood that evening.

Some of them managed to come home with a haul of up to hundreds of kilograms of clams only after a few hours. The shellfish was sold for VND15,000 (65 U.S. cent) a kg.

Local authorities sent forces to the scene to ensure order and safety, as well as assigned a team to collect dead shellfish left behind on the beach to avoid pollution, according to Vo Van Hung - deputy chairman of Cua Lo Town.

Below are some photos capturing people collecting shellfish at Cua Lo Beach.

Two men catch shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Two men catch shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Two men collect shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Two men collect shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Dead shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Dead shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People collect shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People collect shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A person captures the scene of people collecting shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A person captures the scene of people collecting shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Men carries a net bag of shellfish collected ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Men carries a net bag of shellfish collected ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People use specialized tools to collect shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People use specialized tools to collect shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
Shellfish washed ashore after storm are seen at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A man carries a bag of shellfish collected ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A man carries a bag of shellfish collected ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People use specialized tools to collect shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
People use specialized tools to collect shellfish after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre
A woman collects shellfish washed ashore after storm at Cua Lo Beach in north-central province of Nghe An, August 30, 2019. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre

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