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Trees stripped bare amid sweltering weather in Ho Chi Minh City

Trees stripped bare amid sweltering weather in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 19:02 GMT+7
Trees stripped bare amid sweltering weather in Ho Chi Minh City
The trees along a section of National Highway 1 in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City have had their branches and leaves pruned. Photo: Hong Diep / Tuoi Tre

A row of trees on a National Highway 1 section in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City were thinned out and became leafless while the city is experiencing scorching weather these days.

The trees, once providing much-needed shade, are now bare as their branches and leaves were already trimmed.

Many passers-by were surprised and wondered why local authorities stripped bare the trees while temperatures in the city sometimes hit 38-39 degrees Celsius.

Le Quoc Dat, director of IDICO Infrastructure Development Investment JSC, stated that the trees along the National Highway 1 section undergo pruning twice annually, with the first round occurring from April to May and the second from October to November.

He attributed the stripping of the trees along the National Highway 1 section to a requirement from Binh Phu Power Company.

Trees become leafless while heat waves are hitting Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Hong Diep / Tuoi Tre

Trees become leafless while heatwaves are hitting Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Hong Diep / Tuoi Tre

Binh Phu Power Company had earlier written to IDICO Infrastructure Development Investment JSC, saying that electric wires along the section were exposed at many spots, posing a high risk of electrical discharges, Dat informed.

Therefore, Binh Phu Power Company required trimming the trees so that their branches are at least three meters from the electric wires.

As the electric wires are some nine meters from the ground, the trees should be six meters tall at the maximum.

After cutting the trees’ branches and leaves, IDICO Infrastructure Development Investment JSC will take care of them and keep their maximum height at six meters to ensure safety, Dat said.

He added that IDICO Infrastructure Development Investment JSC has suggested Binh Phu Power Company bury electrical wires on National Highway 1 to ensure safety and urban esthetics.

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