Weekend News Summary: 22 - 23 July


The weekend has passed with some both good and bad news. Here is a roundup of what happened in Vietnam over this busy weekend.

In Ho Chi Minh City, at least two people were killed and ten others were injured following a pile-up involving a dozen cars and motorcycles on Saturday night.

A speeding seven-seater SUV crashed into three other cars and nine motorbikes near the intersection of Ha Huy Giap and To Ngoc Van Streets in District 12.

Two people died on the spot and 10 others were injured, with some in critical condition.

The 48-year-old driver of the SUV is being detained for investigation. Some sources said he may have mistaken the gas pedal for the brake, causing the crash.

On to weather, a tropical depression has strengthened into a storm in the East Sea, threatening to bring a series of bad weather patterns to the region.

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According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the tropical depression, which took shape on Friday, was located some 120 kilometres north of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on Saturday night.

On Sunday afternoon, the depression turned into a storm named Sonca, the fourth storm of the year.

It is forecast to bring heavy rains in the north central provinces with strong winds and rains in the southern coast, which explains the morning rain in Saigon today.

Up north, Hanoi police have summoned a woman for questioning for fabricating news of an air crash near Noi Bai International Airport on her Facebook page.

She had allegedly wanted to gain more followers on Facebook with the viral post to promote her online cosmetics shop.

For some good news: Vietnam is ranked third out of 112 participating countries and territories at the 2017 International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) - an annual six-problem mathematical olympiad for pre-college students - in Brazil. All six Vietnamese team members were awarded medals at the competition, including four golds.

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The result marked Vietnam’s highest achievement at an IMO in its 43-year history of participating in the event, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training.

On Saturday morning, Ho Chi Minh City police confiscated a stolen bicycle originally belonging to a 26-year-old Lithuanian tourist, and arrested a suspect.

The biker posted on some Facebook groups that someone stole her bike from the front of her hostel in District 1 the day after she arrived in HCMC on July 18. Her story went viral on the internet with Vietnamese netizens expressing sympathy and offering help.

She had cycled all across Vietnam in two months and traveled 3,600 km.

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