Rain Cuts Rivers Through Central Vietnam - News On 21 September 2016

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1) Rain cuts rivers through central Vietnam

The central region will experience downpours through Friday. Heavy rains have reduced the streets of Hue to waist-deep rivers, according to reports posted on the Phap luat

Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh City Law) news site. Vietnam Airlines cancelled eight flights to and from the popular tourist destination on Wednesday after announcing they would resume the following day.

However, the National Hydro-meteorological Forecasting Center predicted the rains would continue through Friday

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2) Hanoi’s traffic nightmare and motorbike bans

Hanoi - A bird's eye photo capturing a glimpse of the two-and-a-half-hour traffic jam near Hanoi to Bridge on Tuesday morning was the latest example of how disastrous the capital's traffic has become.

Motorbikes and cars filled up every bit of space on more than two kilometres of the Phan Trọng Tue-Kim Giang crossroad, a familiar sight during rush hours. The Tuesday jam made headlines because the jam was bigger than usual, forcing people to spend most of the morning driving to work.

Phạm Hong Anh, a 26-year-old university lecturer said that her commute was a "nightmare". "The roads are jammed from when I step out of my house until I get to the gate of my university," Anh told Viet Nam News. "It takes me roughly 25 minutes just to travel four kilometres". Her commute passes the infamous Cau Giay Street, which over the last few years has transformed into one of the most troublesome traffic hot spots in the capital partly thanks to the long overdue elevated railway project. … 

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3) Five beautiful hotels overlooking rice fields of Vietnam

Vietnam is fast becoming a popular tourist destination for adventure seekers for many reasons. Spectacular mountainous landscape and lush jungles are among the top attractions that make this region popular.

Scenic rice fields, such as at this Topas Eco Lodge in Lao Cai Province, is another unique feature that Vietnam has to offer. Walking, hiking, eating and staying amidst the rice fields, such as at the Mai Chau Villas in Hoa Binh Province pictured above, is one of the best ways to experience the essence of Vietnam.

The Tam Coc Garden in Ninh Binh Province is another fabulous choice. At the Pu Luong Retreat in Thanh Hoa Province, travellers can experience the Vietnamese culture and customs of local life and take in views of spectacular terraced rice fields at every turn.

The scenery surrounding Victoria Nui Sam Lodge in An Giang Province can best be described as nothing less than poetic.

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4) Supervision urged to ensure sustainable growth

At a time when sustainable economic development is more important than ever in Viet Nam, experts urged that supervision be tightened to ensure the economy grows on the right track.

The coastal pollution disaster caused by the Taiwan-owned steel factory Hung Nghiep Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation rang alarm bells for the lower middle income country regarding its development options.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has repeatedly emphasised that Vietnam not trade off environmental integrity for economic growth. But challenges remain for the developing nation to harmonise economic growth and environmental protection successfully.

The country’s growth model, institutional reforms and transparency are even bigger challenges which still remain.

Vietnam is still in the process of industrialisation. The gross domestic product per capita is only equivalent to 30 per cent of the world average, while environmental pollution already causes significant concern, experts said at a VnEconomy conference on Tuesday.

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Header photo by: ChiLam Ly

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