Sheltering from the sweltering heat, Saigon style

By Thanh Nguyen   March 31, 2019 | 05:04 pm GMT+7

Masks, wet towels, and swimming pools are among ways in which Saigonese are protecting themselves from the burning sun.

Sheltering from the sweltering heat, Saigon style

A man carrying many egg cartons on her motorbike leaves no inch of her body uncovered.

Saigon and other localities in southern Vietnam have been suffering from a heat wave recently, with temperatures reaching 36-37 degrees Celsius daily. It has also been reported that ultraviolet levels (UVs) in Saigon are consistently at 10-12 levels, posing high risks of sunburn.

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A woman wears a helmet with a full visor apart from a mask and sunglasses on Vo Thi Sau Street, District 3.

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Mother and child wear full-body clothing in a scooter near the Dan Chu Roundabout.

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Two women buy clothes on Dien Bien Phu Street to protect themselves from the sun. An overcoat costs between VND30,000-70,000 ($1.3-3).

"It's been really hot lately so many customers are buying dresses and coats to protect themselves from the sun. Normally I would only sell a piece or two, but I have been able to sell dozens of pieces a day of late," said an unnamed vendor.

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Ly Thi Nam, 79, wraps a wet towel around her head.

"I came to Saigon to visit my child in Go Vap, but I didnt know it would be this hot, so I settled for a wet towel to protect myself," she said.

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A female student from the HCMC University of Technology covers her head with a denim jacket.

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A patient, her relatives and a medical staff from the HCMC Oncology Hospital cross a road at noon.

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Lam Van On, a window cleaner wears a mask and two hats on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street.

"It's been really sunny lately so we have to wear masks and full-body protective suits to prevent heat shock," he said.

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Children cool themselves down in a pool at the the Dam Sen Water Park in District 11.

The water park is crowded these days, receiving 2000 customers daily and this goes up to 5,000 - 6,000 people during the weekends.

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A man has his head and body covered even in the pool at the water park.

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A man rests beneath the Thanh Da Bridge in Binh Thanh District, getting some respite from the heat.

 
 
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