Floodwaters swamp Hue Imperial Citadel

By Giang Huy, Vo Thanh   October 13, 2020 | 04:19 pm GMT+7

Prolonged heavy rains and upstream floodwater from the Huong River have engulfed the UNESCO heritage Hue Imperial Citadel, a top tourist destination in Vietnam.

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Over the past two days, Hue Imperial Citadel in Hue Town of Thua Thien-Hue Province, formerly home to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), Vietnam's last royal family, was submerged up to 0.5 meters.
Central Vietnam has been battered by torrential downpours since last Tuesday that triggered heavy flooding and wreaked havoc across the region, leaving at least 29 people dead and 12 others missing.

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Many roads inside the citadel are submerged by about 30-60 cm as pictured on Monday.
Hue Imperial Citadel was built under King Gia Long (reigning 1802- 1820), the first Nguyen Dynasty ruler, and restored under King Minh Mang (1820-1839), the second.

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Some streets in Hue lie 0.5 meters under water, forcing residents to commute by boat.

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Ngan Gate to the left of Ky Dai Hue (Hue Flag Tower), located in front of the citadel, is also submerged under water. This is one of the 10 main gates into the citadel.

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Hien Nhon Gate, located on the east side of the citadel near Doan Thi Diem Street, is turned into a river.

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The courtyard outside Thai Hoa Palace stands submerged. The citadel is temporarily closed to tourists due to the impacts of the serious flooding.

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A woman walks past Ngo Mon Gate, the main entrance to the citadel, which is flooded under 30 cm of water.

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Residents living around the citadel flock to Ngo Mon Gate to catch fish brought from the floodwater into the citadel.

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Nguyen Tam Thanh, 58, a security guard at the citadel, walks amid the floodwater. "I’ve worked here for 30 years. The water level now is only a little less than the historic 1999 flood," said Thanh.

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Nghenh Luong Dinh (Nghenh Luong Pavilion) beside the Huong River is still submerged under water.
It is one of two relics in the ancient capital of Hue to grace the VND50,000 ($2.16) bill since 2003. The other relic printed on Vietnam's VND50,000 banknote is Phu Van Lau, Pavilion of Edicts.

 
 
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