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Hanoi residents swim in Red River despite rising water

Hanoi residents swim in Red River despite rising water

Monday, August 24, 2020, 16:06 GMT+7
Hanoi residents swim in Red River despite rising water
A woman swims in the Hong (Red) River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Residents in Hanoi have still taken their daily swims in the Hong (Red) River in the past days despite potential dangers posed by an increase in water levels brought about by the discharge of a Chinese hydropower dam.

Rising water along the Hong River, which flows through northern Vietnam from China before discharging into the Gulf of Tonkin, was a result of water discharge at Madushan Dam in China’s Yunnan Province on August 20.

The incident was intensified by an increase in rainfall in northern Vietnam from August 20 to 22.

A bird’s-eye view of rising water level in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: L.V. / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of rising water levels in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: L.V. / Tuoi Tre

Along the Hong River section in Hanoi, water has yet to reach an alarming level, but fast-flowing currents in multiple locations can be dangerous.

Despite the risks, local residents, including children, have been swimming along the river on a daily basis, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

The river’s water level has been about 1.5 times higher than usual, said Thu Hue, a Hanoi citizen.

Long Bien Bridge crosses the Hong River in Hanoi in this photo taken on August 22, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Long Bien Bridge crosses the Hong River in Hanoi in this photo taken on August 22, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

“I swim in this river every day. I don’t think such an increase in water levels is dangerous,” Hue stated.

“There are three locations where people can have a swim along the Hong River. This is the shallowest among the three."

To ensure safety, Hue tied an empty plastic canister to her body and used it as a lifebuoy.

A young girl practices swimming at a shallow area in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

A young girl practices swimming in a shallow section of the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

During a meeting on Friday, Nguyen Duc Quang, director of the Agency for Disaster Response and Relief (ADRR) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, stated that water discharge by Madushan Dam would not have much impact on Vietnam.

However, the ADRR has requested authorities in the northern provinces of Lao Cai, Yen Bai, and Phu Tho to take preventive measures to ensure the safety of residential areas, transport activities, and dike systems.

A man takes his child to the Hong River for a swim in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

A man takes his child to the Hong River for a swim in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

A woman uses a plastic canister as a lifebuoy while swimming in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman uses a plastic canister as a lifebuoy while swimming in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Mai Thuong / Tuoi Tre

People swim near a warning sign in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

People swim near a warning sign in the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: Hoang Thanh Tung / Tuoi Tre

A boat travels on the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: L.V. / Tuoi Tre

A boat travels on the Hong River in Hanoi, August 22, 2020. Photo: L.V. / Tuoi Tre

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