Woman dies of heat stroke in “treeless Hanoi”

A woman was found dead under extreme hot weather in the public garden of Duong Thanh, central Hanoi, at 5pm on May 29.

Photo courtesy of the Nguoi Lao Dong.

Photo courtesy of the Nguoi Lao Dong.

Some people doing exercises in the garden said the victim had been seen sitting on a bench since midday and thought to be sleeping, so no one noticed until she was found dead. “She was a fat woman with possibly mental problems, and she often wandered in this area,” a man told the Nguoi Lao Dong [Laborer].

The victim was later identified as Ms. Pham Thi B., a sixty-year-old homeless woman from Hung Yen, a province 64 kilometers southeast from Hanoi. It is highly likely that she was killed by a heat stroke.

Hanoi is suffering from the first heat wave in this year’s summer, with daily temperature reaching 42 Celsius degrees (approximately 107 Fahrenheit degrees) since early this week. According to Mr. Le Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the National Hydro-Meteorological Service, this is the most excessively hot weather in northern and central Vietnam in the recent 15 years, the Nguoi Dua Tin [the Herald] quoted him as saying.

The heat wave adds more fuel to the public outcry over the City’s project to “chop down and replace” 6708 green trees across Hanoi. So far, 2000 over 10,000 trees in the city have been cut down.