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Motorcyclist drowns in lake due to tidal flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Wednesday, October 02, 2019, 16:12 GMT+7
Motorcyclist drowns in lake due to tidal flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta
Authorities look for the victim following the accident in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on October 1, 2019. Photo: C.Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A woman has been killed after falling into a lake while riding her motorbike along a street submerged by tidal flooding in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta.

The accident happened along Bung Xang Street, which runs adjacent to the namesake lake, in An Khanh Ward, Ninh Khieu District, Can Tho City at around 6:40 pm on Tuesday, an official from the district’s police unit confirmed.

The victim, 50-year-old Le Thi Kim Thuy, was apparently unable to tell the difference between the road and the lake as the area had already been inundated by high tide.

Thuy’s body was found two hours later thanks to efforts of police officers and firefighting police in Ninh Kieu District.

According to eyewitnesses, the street was under knee-deep water at the time.

High tide continued impacting Can Tho on Tuesday, submerging many streets in Ninh Kieu District and many other neighborhoods.

A street in Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho is severely inundated on October 1, 2019. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

A street in Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho is severely inundated, October 1, 2019. Photo: Chi Quoc / Tuoi Tre

The city, as well as several other provinces in the Mekong Delta, has been inundated by the phenomenon over the past days.

Tidal flooding accompanied by floodwater from the Mekong River on Monday was considered the most serious in the past three decades.

The Can Tho Department of Education and Training has ordered all kindergartens and primary schools to let their students stay home on Monday and Tuesday to ensure their safety.

In Ho Chi Minh City, tide remained high at 1.7 meters on Tuesday evening, creating a lot of difficulties for commuters and residents in the affected areas.

High tide in the southern metropolis broke the record on Monday after peaking at 1.77 meters.

According to the southern hydro-meteorological forecasting, tide will gradually recede from October 2 to 5.

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