Weekend News Summary: 5-6 August


The weekend has passed and we’re off to a fresh start to a new week. Since you may have missed out on some happenings from around the country over the weekend, here’s a quick recap.

Around 2,000 people were mobilized to search for people who have gone missing during flash floods and landslides caused by a tropical depression in Mu Cang Chai District in the northwestern province of Yen Bai.

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Mu Cang Chai was the hardest hit as heavy rains and flash floods have ravaged some of Vietnam's poorest northern provinces since the beginning of August.

At least 26 people were killed and 16 people are still missing. Hundreds of houses and roads have been completely destroyed in the four provinces of Yen Bai, Son La, Lai Chau and Dien Bien.

There’s more bad news as a fire broke out at an ancient church in the northern province of Nam Dinh on Saturday night. No deaths or injuries have been reported, but much of the 16th-century Trung Lao Church has been left in ruins.

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A train carrying 100 passengers traveling from Lao Cai Province, home to the famous Sapa Town, to Hanoi derailed in the early hours of Sunday as it was entering Yen Vien Station on the outskirts of Hanoi.

No deaths or injuries have been reported, but the derailed wagon was seriously damaged. The Hanoi-Lao Cai route remains open, and police are investigating the cause of the derailment.

Da Nang’s transport authorities on Sunday summoned a taxi driver of a local company for allegedly overcharging a South Korean tourist two days earlier.

The South Korean tourist reported to the municipal Department of Transport that she was charged VND700,000 for a five-kilometre ride from Da Nang International Airport to An Thuong 26 Street, while the taxi meter displayed only VND50,000.

The Hai Van Taxi Company said they would fire and fine the driver and compensate the tourist.

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