Uprooted tree injures two in downtown HCMC
The uprooted tree is chopped and placed on one side of Nguyen Cong Tru Street to help traffic return to normal after the incident – PHOTO: MINH TUAN
HCMC – Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds uprooted a tree on Nguyen Cong Tru Street, District 1, HCMC, injuring two commuters this afternoon, April 12.
The uprooted tree measures some 50 centimeters in diameter and over 20 meters in height. The victims were Pham Hoang Phu, a 36-year-old Grab motorcycle driver, and a 40-year-old rider. Phu suffered from slight injuries, while the woman suffered from a serious leg injury and has been hospitalized. The motorbike is seriously damaged.
“When we were some 50 meters from our destination, the tree suddenly fell onto my motorbike. My legs were stuck between the tree and the motorbike. Many people around came to help me,” the driver said.
Several hundreds of meters from this location, heavy rainfall uprooted another tree but caused no injuries. In District 7, another uprooted tree damaged a car.
Earlier this month, some 14 tons of fish were found dead in the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal after unseasonal rain hit the city. Many eateries and restaurants along the canal had to suspend their operations due to the unpleasant smell, while the residents there were forced to keep their doors shut.
Vo Thi Mong Thu, head of the HCMC Sub-Department of Fisheries, said after the downpour, garbage and polluted water from the sewers washed into the canal and covered the surface, reducing the oxygen content in the water. This was one of the reasons for the mass fish deaths, she said.