Saigoneers struggle to survive in burning heat

By Duy Tran   May 6, 2016 | 07:54 am GMT+7

Saigon is going through an intense heat wave with temperatures up to 39 degrees C (102 degrees F).

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The South Meteorological Station said that temperatures usually peak between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., but the city stays baking until 7 p.m.

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It is normal to see people wrapped up like ninjas.

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Nguyen Van Mon, a motorcycle taxi driver said: "It's so hot that I feel dizzy. Since this morning, I've drunk three liters of water."

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A construction worker told VnExpress: "I have to try my best to cope with the severe heat though some of my fellow workers have been off sick."

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The meteorological station added that the UV index is at dangerous levels, hovering around nine or ten.

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Many shops and restaurants spray water onto surrounding roads to cool things down.

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Roads covered by leafy canopies have become an ideal shelter for employees to take a noon break under.

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Le Huy, a delivery man, said: "During hot days, it feels like you're in an air-conditioned room every time you enter shady roads."

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The heat wave in Saigon and other southern provinces is expected to last until the end of May.