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Floods in Central Highlands, Phu Quoc Cause $43m in Damage

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The Central Highlands and Phu Quoc recently suffered from extreme flooding following record-breaking torrential rain.

According to the Natural Disaster Prevention Central Committee, three days of flooding across provinces in the Central Highlands caused 10 deaths and left one missing person. More than 12,000 houses and 20,000 hectares of crops are submerged, on top of the 120,000 cattle and poultry swept away by the floods, as reported by VnExpress.

Landslides occurred along many roads, irrigation canals and dams causing, severe damage, including at two hydroelectric reservoirs in Dak Nong Province. The estimated cost of the damage is VND1 trillion (US$43 million), of which VND107 billion (US$4.6 million) occurred in Phu Quoc.

Regarding the causes of flooding, Director of Central Highlands Hydrometeorological Station Ta Dang Hoan told the news source that areas have experienced abnormally heavy rain: “This region has always suffered from torrential rain, but never seen such an extreme level of rain in a short period of time like recently.”

The main cause of the heavy rain is the southwest monsoon, in addition to influences from tropical depressions.

The narrow rivers and streams in Dak Lak and Lam Dong cannot withstand the rapid urbanization that is affecting drainage systems. Hoan added: “Deforestation and excessive wood exploitation could be a major cause of flooding in Central Highlands areas.”

Lam Dong suffered the most out of five provinces in the region. Director of the Department of Agriculture and Development of Lam Dong Province Nguyen Van Son claimed that besides the impacts of climate change, flooding is also due to the enhanced greenhouse effect.

According to the Director of Hydro-meteorological stations in Kien Giang Province, Le Xuan Hien, in the first nine days of August, Phu Quoc saw its most rain since 1978, at 1,152 mm, compared to the average 458 mm.

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Vandalized by Loan Sharks, Pho Hoa Pasteur Announces Temporary Closure

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The shop owner’s brother-in-law is suspected of racking up the debts that attracted the vandalism.

Eight acts of vandalism over the last month, including throwing pig organs, paint and mắm tôm on the facade of District 3’s famous Pho Hoa Pasteur, forced it to shutter starting Thursday, August 3. During the most recent attack, Media reports that customers were hit with the stinky detritus and Linh, the owner of the more than 50-year-old noodle shop, admitted the assaults were harming business. He posted a multi-lingual apology for the temporary closing, citing “interior construction.”

At the time of the closing, rumors swirled regarding the owner’s brother-in-law, Tuan. Linh said he ran a phone and automobile accessory shop nearby and owed VND8 billion (US$340,000) to creditors. Tuan was unable to repay the debt in a timely manner, so — in true Vietnam fashion — the loan sharks resorted to threatening his family members to get back their money. Linh claimed Tuan had nothing to do with the ownership or operation of Pho Hoa Pasteur, and it was thus unfair that his collectors were targeting the phở restaurant.

While originally unable to locate Tuan, on Monday, August 5 police detained him at his District 3 home. The 44-year-old is allegedly cooperating with authorities and is suspected of falsifying documents to obtain property to sell. Authorities arrived at his house with search warrants, some of which related to various vehicles he’d recently purchased.

The individuals who carried out the attacks were captured on security footage and allegedly identified. In a press conference held this afternoon, the HCMC Police Department said that they have detained five men suspected of carrying out the vandalism and two others for aiding them.

Located at 260C Pasteur, Pho Hoa has been a local mainstay for decades. The casual phở joint is popular among locals and tourists alike and is featured on numerous travel blogs and guidebooks.

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Vietnam to Host Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2020

For the first time, Vietnam is set to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix during the 2020 championship. This will be the debut race of the brand new Hanoi Circuit, and constitutes the first year of a multi-year contract with Liberty Media.

The circuit will be placed in the Nam Từ Liêm District of the capital Hanoi, and contains 22 turns and will run for 5.565km across 55 laps; making for a total race length of 306km. Pictured below is a map of the planned circuit route. Hanoi will be the third city in Southeast Asia to host a grand prix (after Kuala Lumpur and Singapore) and one of five Asian host cities in the 2020 championship.

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Circurt Map – Vietnam Host Formula 1 Grand Prix-in 2020

The first race is set to be held in April 2020, one of the first of the 2020 championship, right in the middle of tourism high season in Vietnam. Thus we recommend any Formula 1 fans aiming to see the race book their flights, accommodation and tours well in advance to avoid sold-out facilities or increased prices for the high season.

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F1 Grid – The drivers and teams racing in 2019
We encourage F1 enthusiasts who wish to make the most of a trip to Vietnam to watch the race to book their trip as soon as possible to ensure you get an amazing and authentic experience in Indochina at the best possible rate, making for a far more memorable trip than simply coming to see the race and leaving again.

Vietnamese Airline Flights Hit by Hong Kong Protests

Many flights of Vietnamese airlines have been cancelled or rescheduled for being affected by on-going protest chaos at Hong Kong International Airport.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Jetstar Pacific have announced to change the time of some of their flights from and to Hong Kong today, August 13.

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Vietnam Airlines will delay two flights VN594 and VN595 on HCM City-Hong Kong for seven hours and 40 minutes compared to their scheduled departure. The carrier’s other flights from and to Hong Kong today will be conducted as scheduled.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Pacific has cancelled two flights BL160 and BL161 on the Hanoi-Hong Kong and Danang-Hong Kong routes respectively.

The affected passengers will be supported to change for other flights if they want.

Budget carrier Vietjet’s two flights VJ876 and VJ877 on HCM City-Hong Kong-HCM City routes will be also suspended.

All flights which departed from Hong Kong International Airport were cancelled due to the anti-government protests which entered the fourth day by Monday.

Vietnamese airlines have advised passengers to keep up-to-date with Vietnam and Hong Kong flight information for their trip.

Passengers should arrive at Hong Kong International Airport three hours before the departure time.

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