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Vietnamese people devise cool ways to combat raging heat (photos)

Many people in Vietnam have come up with inventive ways to help them stay as cool as possible during the persistent hot spell, which is the longest in the past 40 years.

Many people in Vietnam have come up with inventive ways to help them stay as cool as possible during the persistent hot spell, which is the longest in the past 40 years.
Many people in Vietnam have come up with inventive ways to help them stay as cool as possible during the persistent hot spell, which is the longest in the past 40 years.

Residents in a number of localities in the country, including Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, have been writhing in the sultry, stifling heat of the past few months, with a peak felt in recent weeks.

The central region from Nghe An to Thua Thien-Hue Provinces is the hottest area in the country this week, with high temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius or above, the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting warned.

In northwestern provinces temperatures have risen to 35-36 degrees Celsius or higher.

Other areas in Vietnam’s central and northern regions have also grilled under average high temperatures of 39-40 degrees Celsius.

The ‘real feel’ temperatures could even be 3-5 degrees higher since the levels were measured inside hydro-meteorological stations.

The country is forecast to have more heat waves in June, according to the Central Hydro-Meteorological Center.

The center said the number of scorching hot days in May in the northern and northern central region has set a new record for the past 40 years or so.

Those who can afford air-conditioners and the incurred high electricity bills fare better as they stay in their air-conditioned rooms most of the time though that also exposes them, particularly young children and the elderly, to risks of contracting certain ailments.

Meanwhile, less well-off people, particularly farmers, workers and students, have come up with their own ways to cool themselves off.

Các nữ sinh ĐH Huế tại ký túc xá Trường Bia phải sử dụng các chậu nước tạo độ ẩm trong phòng vào giữa trưa để ôn thi - Ảnh: Ngọc Hiển

Students at Hue University, located in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, make use of the humidity provided by the two basins of water placed in their dormitory room.

Hồ Linh Đàm (Hà Nội) đang bị ô nhiễm nghiêm trọng nhưng cũng thành bể bơi giải nhiệt ngày nắng nóng - Ảnh: Quang Thế

Linh Dam Lake in Hanoi, which is seriously polluted, has turned into a swimming pool during the hot days.

Nắng nóng như đổ lửa, ông Hồ Viết Cang (thôn Nam Hà 1, xã Điện Trung, huyện Điện Bàn, Quảng Nam) dùng cỏ dại kết vào chiếc nón cho bớt nóng - Ảnh: Lê Trung

A farmer in Dien Ban District, located in the central province of Quang Nam, attaches leaves to his ‘non la’ (traditional leaf conical hat) while working in the blazing sun.

“Máy điều hòa” tự chế của Trần Duy Long (Trường CĐ Công nghiệp Huế): một chiếc quạt nhỏ gắn trên nắp thùng xốp sẽ thổi hơi mát của nước đá trong thùng ra bên ngoài thông qua hai ống nhựa - Ảnh: Ngọc Hiển

A student in Hue City in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue works on his homemade ‘air-conditioner,’ which incorporates a small fan attached to the lid of a foam thermal box to blow out the cool air from ice cubes kept in the box through the two plastic tubes.

Không chịu được cái nóng khủng khiếp của miền Trung, nhiều cụ già mang theo võng ra vỉa hè đường Bạch Đằng, dọc bờ sông Hàn (TP Đà Nẵng) để ngủ trưa - Ảnh: Phan Thành

Two elderly men are seen taking a nap under the shade of trees along the Han River in the central city of Da Nang.

Ông Trần Văn Chuyễn ở xã Thạch Đông, TP Hà Tĩnh mặc áo tơi chống nắng ra đồng - Ảnh: Văn Định

A farmer in the central province of Ha Tinh is pictured wearing a palm-leaf poncho to ease the blazing heat while wading in his paddy field.

Người dân xã Nghi Vạn, huyện Nghi Lộc (Nghệ An) gặt lúa ban đêm để tránh nắng - Ảnh: Bằng Lăng

Farmers in Nghi Loc District in Nghe An Province harvest their rice at night to avoid working during the day.

Phạm Thái Huy, sinh viên Trường ĐH Hải Phòng, chống nắng nóng bằng cách dùng chậu nước mát đặt trước quạt khi ở trong phòng trọ cấp 4 của mình - Ảnh: Tiến Thắng

A student in the northern city of Hai Phong puts a basin of iced water in front of his fan to stay cool in his rented room.

Giữa trưa hè, một người đàn ông nhờ đến vòi phun nước công cộng trên phố Quán Thánh (Hà Nội) để làm mát cơ thể - Ảnh: Nguyễn Khánh

A man seeks relief from a fountain on Quan Thanh Street in Hanoi to cool himself off.

Ông Đỗ Văn Rừng dùng cả tảng đá cây làm chậu đổ nước vào cho mau lạnh để giải khát cho anh em công nhân trên quốc lộ 1 đoạn qua xã Ninh Lộc, Khánh Hòa - Ảnh: Tiến Thành

A resident in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa turns a large ice cube with a hollow core into a handy container for refreshing drinking water, which is gulped down by construction workers on a section of National Highway 1.

21g ngày 29-5, gia đình chị Đặng Thị Thảo (xã Nghi Long, huyện Nghi Lộc, Nghệ An) dùng đèn pin để trồng dưa hấu vào ban đêm nhằm tránh nắng - Ảnh: Doãn Hòa

A farming household in Nghi Loc District in Nghe An is pictured sowing watermelon seeds by night to avoid the sun with light from torches.

Những khu vực có bóng râm là sự lựa chọn của người dân khi dừng đèn đỏ - Ảnh: Nguyễn Khánh

Local drivers now turn into law abiders by stopping their vehicles well clear of the zebra crossings and under the shade of trees.