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Streets from Saigon to neighboring provinces choked with congestion as holiday starts

Thursday, April 30, 2020, 14:19 GMT+7
Streets from Saigon to neighboring provinces choked with congestion as holiday starts
An ocean of vehicles on Binh Dien Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Thousands of commuters congested roads connecting Ho Chi Minh City with the Mekong Delta and the southern province of Dong Nai on Thursday morning, as they headed home for a four-day holiday break.

Salaried workers in Vietnam are celebrating Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers' Day (May 1) and will only return to work on Monday next week.

The workers swarmed the roads to go back to their hometowns on Thursday morning on motorbikes, in addition to cars and trucks, leading to heavy traffic jams on many routes.

Heavy traffic jams began at around 7:00 am, mostly along National Highway 1 from Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong Delta province of Long An, and streets leading to the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway.

Both are vital routes that links the southern metropolis with Tien Giang Province and the Mekong Delta region in general.

A ticket attendant is surrounded by vehicles dozens meters away from the entrance to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A ticket attendant is surrounded by vehicles dozens of meters away from the entrance to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A woman holds her baby walking out of a congestion on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A woman holds her baby walking out of congestion on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

On some sections, congestion stretched up to two kilometers.

Likewise, a traffic jam also took place near Cat Lai Ferry, a key link between Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2 and the neighboring province of Dong Nai, on Thursday morning.

According to Cat Lai Ferry’s deputy director Nguyen Thanh Tuan, the number of commuters on the ferry route has doubled from previous days, while the ferry terminal currently operates only six ferries to transport people. Two large ferries had already been damaged in a recent collision incident.

Traffic officers were dispatched to the aforementioned congested areas to relieve the gridlock.

An ocean of vehicles on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles crowd Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles at Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles at Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer directs the traffic on a street leading to the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer directs the traffic on a street leading to the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man rides his family home on a motorbike on a congested street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man rides his family home on a motorbike on a congested street in Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cars queue on a street leading to the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Cars queue on a street leading to the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Cars and passenger buses queue on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Cars and passenger buses queue on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway in southern Vietnam, April 30, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A mass migration on a section of National Highway 1 through Tan Tao Ward in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A mass migration on a section of National Highway 1 through Tan Tao Ward in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man impatiently gets out of his car amid a congestion on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

A man impatiently gets out of his car amid congestion on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Motorbikes swarm Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

Motorbikes swarm Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Nguyen Thi Dinh Street leading to Cat Lai Ferry in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Binh Dien Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

An ocean of vehicles on Binh Dien Bridge in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, April 30, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

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