15.10.2020, 16:07

Workers clean up trash along Hue pedestrian promenade

Workers clean up trash along Hue pedestrian promenade

On Wednesday, floodwaters on Huong (Perfume) River, passing through ancient capital Hue, began receding. In its wake, tons of rubbish lay strewn along the wood-paneled walkway on the southern riverbank beside Phu Xuan Bridge.
Thua Thien-Hue Province and other parts of central Vietnam have been battered by torrential downpours since last week, triggering heavy flooding and wreaking havoc across the region, leaving at least 40 people dead and 12 others missing.

The 380-meter-long walkway was opened to tourists in January 2019 after more than eight months of construction, becoming a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.

The walkway, costing an estimated VND52 billion ($2.2 million), is part of a project to improve city planning funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica), which had granted $6 million for the purpose.

Iron seating along the walkway are covered by mud and trash.

Garbage piled up over a meter high on the banks of Huong River during the worst flooding to hit Hue in the past three years.

Soldiers join sanitation workers to clean up trash.

An estimated tens of tons of trash need removing, a worker said.
As of Thursday, Thua Thien-Hue has reported eight deaths and thousands of homes submerged. Provincial authorities have asked for emergency supplies including food, medicine, and rescue gear.

People walk on the wooden-paneled path on the southern bank of Huong River in January 2019 the first month the pedestrian promenade was opened to the public.
Hue is home to Vietnam’s last royal family, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), and possesses many
UNESCO-recognized heritage sites .