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Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season

October 23, 2020 | 14:07

Boats have become the main means of transport of Hoi An people as floodwater triggered by prolonged heavy rains have swamped many streets.

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Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

Prolonged heavy downpours along with water discharge from hydropower plant’s reservoirs have inundated many streets in Hoi An ancient town since mid-October, VNExpress reported.

The photo series captured by two photographers Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu, local residents give a close insight into the daily life in flood season in the ancient town.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

A group of tourists kayaks on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street near the Museum of Folklore.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season

A corner of the intersection of Tran Phu and Tran Quy Cap streets near Hoi An market during the flood season.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

A group of foreigners experiences flooded Hoi An Town by boat.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season

Tourism activities in Hoi An resumed in early September following the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic was put under control. However, torrential rains and serious flooding have again suspended its tourism. Boating tours around the town in flood season bring an amount of money for the local.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

With the cost of VND100,000 ($4.3) per person, tourists will have the chance to visit Bach Dang, Hoang Van Thu, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Tran Phu, Phan Chau Trinh streets or the Hoai River to Nguyen Phuc Chu and Nguyen Phuc Nguyen streets.

Boat rides have gained in popularity in the flood season, which often takes place between late October and January annually.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

Children splash water on flooded Hoang Van Thu Street after floodwaters swelled up again on October 17.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

Bach Dang Street, near Pagoda Bridge was submerged underwater 0.5 m on October 11.

Boat rides around Hoi An ancient town in flood season
Photo courtesy of Phan Vu Trong and Do Anh Vu/ via VNExpress

A father carries his son along flooded Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.

For more than two weeks, the central region has been swept by historic flooding and deadly landslides that caused damage described by government officials as worst in five years.

At least 114 people in central Vietnam were killed by severe flooding and landslides and more than 170,000 houses in flood-prone Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces have been submerged, with many areas currently isolated.

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