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Mass migration back to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City for Tet

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 15:39 GMT+7
Mass migration back to Mekong Delta from Ho Chi Minh City for Tet
An ocean of vehicles on National Road No. 1 on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Tens of thousands of commuters congested roads connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Mekong Delta on Wednesday, as they headed home for Lunar New Year celebration.

The mass migration already started a few days back but it peaks today when blue-collar and white-collar workers officially have days off and get back to their hometowns from the big city.

The new lunar year begins on Saturday. Celebratory activities are set to be going on for at least a week.

The Lunar New Year festival is the biggest public holiday in Vietnam.

Those working and studying far from their hometowns will return for family reunions during the holiday.

Motorbikes swarmed the roads on Wednesday afternoon, in addition to cars and trucks, leading to heavy traffic jams on many routes.

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists braved the sun to get home through the Luong Phu intersection in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province at noon.

Narrow routes were crowded with commuters as well, worsened by roadworks occupying portions of the roadway.

Gridlock also hit National Road No. 60 that connects Tien Giang and Ben Tre.

Thousands of vehicles moved at a snail’s pace on the Rach Mieu Bridge linking the two provinces.

Authorities in Tien Giang and Ben Tre expect the situation to continue until Thursday morning.

The mass migration through Tien Giang Province on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The mass migration through Tien Giang Province on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The mass migration through Tien Giang Province on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

The mass migration through Tien Giang Province on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Police officers help a woman after she fell on the road on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Police officers help a woman after she fell on the road on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles swarm a road leading to the Mekong Delta on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles swarm a road leading to the Mekong Delta on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A family of three on a motorbike to get back to their hometown on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A family of three on a motorbike to get back to their hometown on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A jam on the Rach Mieu Bridge linking Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

A jam on the Rach Mieu Bridge linking Tien Giang and Ben Tre Provinces on January 22, 2020. Photo: Mau Truong / Tuoi Tre

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