Woman swept into drain, killed as Binh Duong roads flood

By Phuoc Tuan   June 14, 2024 | 10:33 pm PT
Woman swept into drain, killed as Binh Duong roads flood
Police and rescue search for a woman going missing after being swept into a drain in Binh Duong Province, June 14, 2024. Photo by VnExpress/Thai Ha
A 53-year-old woman was killed Friday in the southern Binh Duong Province after being swept with her motorcycle into a drain by floodwaters caused by heavy rains.

She was driving in a flooded section of a road in Tan Uyen City when the tragic and bizarre accident occurred.

At around 5:30 p.m. heavy rains and strong winds in Tan Uyen flooded many streets and felled many trees along them.

The woman was riding her motorcycle at the intersection of Nguyen Huu Canh and Phan Dinh Phung streets when the waters caused her vehicle to stall.

A strong current then suddenly swept her into a drain.

"Some passers-by noticed it and tried to rescue her but failed," a witness said, adding that the water "was flowing very strongly and rapidly."

The woman was declared missing.

Doan Hong Tuoi, chairman of Tan Uyen City, said authorities quickly dispatched rescuers to the scene to search for her.

"By 10:30 p.m. on Friday they found the victim's motorcycle."

On Saturday morning they found her body in a field about a kilometer from the drain.

She was a local resident.

Locals said that while people have previously been swept away into the drain during heavy rains, this was the first instance of someone dying.

The thunderstorm also caused part of the roof of the city’s Hung Loi Market to collapse, causing dozens of traders and shippers to flee in panic. One person was slightly injured.

Many places in Binh Duong also experienced hail that brought stones the size of a human finger.

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