It’s around noon and Hoang Van Dang sits quietly in a shabby hut on a national highway, his eyes glued to the street. Then, suddenly, he plunges into the highway before returning with three VND500 and VND2,000 (8.6 cents) currency notes in his palm. The 76-year-old man in a pair of worn-out flip-flops is quick and agile. Within 10 minutes he runs out to pick up bills five times. Hoang Van Dang, 76, sits in his hut along a national highway that runs near his house in Lang Son Province. Photos by VnExpress/Trong Nghia And Dang is not the only one to do that. Every day four or five older men and women wait along a 100-meter section of National Highway 1A that runs through Van Thuy Commune, Chi Lang District, in the northern province of Lang Son for such bills disregarding the clear and present danger posed by trucks and buses. Dang said he has been doing this for seven years. "This section is famous for fatal accidents. In 2009 there was a tragic one that killed 14 people. … [Read more...] about Where the dead help the living
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Road traffic accidents cost an estimated VND50trn (USD2.1bn) in damage annually, according to Vice Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee Khuat Viet Hung on September 27. Vietnam seeks ways to reduce road accidents The problem was discussed at the signing ceremony between the National Traffic Safety Committee and Vietnam Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (VAMM) on cooperation and publication of 2017 research results. A road safety film contest was also announced on the same day. Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that over 1.2 million people die and 50 million people are injured in traffic accidents each year across the globe. The damage caused by traffic accidents cost most countries nearly 3% of GDP. Without stronger measures, fatalities could reach 1.9 million in 2020. According to Hung, both the numbers of fatalities and injured people have decreased year-on-year but they are still too high. "Since early September, there were 13,242 accidents, … [Read more...] about Vietnam seeks ways to reduce road accidents
Some roads in Son La, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An were hampered by landslides (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The death toll caused by floods following typhoon Bebinca, the fourth storm that hit Vietnam this year, had increased to 10 as of August 18, according to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control. Of the dead victims, two were in the northern mountainous province of Son La, two in the north central province of Thanh Hoa and six others in central Nghe An province. In addition, two people in Son La and Thanh Hoa were reported missing. Some roads in Son La, Yen Bai, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An were hampered by landslides while dyke incidents occurred in Bac Giang and Thanh Hoa provinces. The department of natural disaster prevention in the south reported that a whirlwind pulled down a house, killing two local residents in Cai Nuoc district in the southernmost province of Ca Mau on August 18 morning. Ministries and relevant … [Read more...] about Typhoon-triggered floods leave 10 dead, 2 missing
Viet Nam News “Everyone, I will sell rose bouquets tomorrow in celebration of International Women’s Day. Those who are looking to give flowers to their girlfriends or classmates, please come to support me in front of Gate A of Hải Phòng University.” So wrote 26-year-old Trần Thị Hoa in one of her last Facebook posts on March 6. Early on the morning of March 7, Hoa and her friend Trần Thị Trang rode on motorbike to the flower market Đằng Hải in Hải An District in the northeastern port city of Hải Phòng. Not born to wealthy families, the pair intended to buy flowers and utilise their craft skills to make elaborate bouquets, aiming to make some money to cover their study and living expenses. On that fateful morning, Cao Huy Hoàng was driving a container truck for an export-import company along his usual route. Stopped at a red light, he saw that two trucks ahead of him were already occupying … [Read more...] about Road accidents: When will the pain end?
By Dat Nguyen  April 4, 2018 | 10:41 am GMT+7 Smoke billows from Rajtevee Apartment building off Phetchaburi Road in Bangkok Tuesday morning. Photo by Bangkok Post Two Thai man and an unidentified victim died after an electrical fault set the 13-story building ablaze. A fire broke that out in an apartment building in Bangkok on Tuesday killed three people and injured 60 others, including 13 Vietnamese nationals, according to the Vietnam Embassy in Thailand. Thirty people were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation, and four are in a critical condition, the Bangkok Post reported. The Vietnamese victims were taken to four local hospitals, and some have been discharged, according to the embassy. Among the dead victims, two were Thai men aged 18 and 46 years. The other's identity has not been revealed. The fire started from a bundle of electric cables on the 5th floor of the 14-story Rajtevee building at 2.30 a.m. and escalated to the upper … [Read more...] about 13 Vietnamese injured in deadly Bangkok apartment fire