Da Nang drivers shield bikers from wind during Typhoon No.6

Typhoons and massive rainfalls are dangerous for motorbike riders, especially those riding on a bridge or an open space where the unblocked wind blows faster and stronger. The powerful force of the wind can cause motorbikes to sway or worse, knock bikers off their vehicles. 

Fortunately, bikers could continue riding safely on Da Nang’s Dragon Bridge amid this week’s Typhoon No. 6, as selfless car drivers uniformly slowed down to shield them from the blasting winds. 

Car drivers slowed down to protect motorbike drivers from wind

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Image adapted from: Cháo Hành Miễn Phí

In a clip shared on Facebook page Cháo Hành Miễn Phí on 11th October, a line of cars on the Dragon Bridge was captured slowing down alongside raincoat-clad bikers. 

These bikers were obviously struggling with the strong wind, as some of them were seen keeping both their feet on the ground to maintain balance.

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Image adapted from: Cháo Hành Miễn Phí

To cushion these bikers from the strong winds blowing across the bridge, car drivers on the Dragon Bridge decided to drive closely in a line alongside the bikers. While Typhoon No.6 was still raging and rain blowing in the bikers’ faces, the escort of considerate car drivers helped bikers to ride across the famous bridge safely.

This clip has drawn over 11,000 likes at the time of writing as well as an outpouring of compliments for the generous Da Nang car drivers. 

Typhoon No. 6 is threatening the lives and well-being of Central Vietnamese residents

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Hoi An ancient town is flooded due to excessive rainfall
Image credit: Lao Động

Typhoon No. 6 was a destructive typhoon that hit Central Vietnamese cities such as Hue, Hoi An, and Da Nang on 10th October. 

When Typhoon No. 6 struck, its winds were 40-50 km/h, producing floods observed to be about 35 cm deep. The typhoon lasted for 2 days before subsiding into a tropical storm, then heading west.

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Hue is seeing high-tide flooding due to enormous rainfalls on 12th October
Image credit: Tuổi Trẻ

Hundreds of thousands of houses along the path of Typhoon No. 6 were flooded, which was followed by widespread power cuts and a large-scale evacuation of residents by boat into safer areas. 

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Many vehicles were flooded and transported to the nearest rescue service centers by cranes
Image credit: Tuổi Trẻ

On 12th October, the administration of Hue raised citywide alarms on rapidly increasing flooding due to strong wind surge and extreme rainfall. 

In many typhoon-stricken areas, many displaced residents still can’t return to their homes while suffering from shortages of drinking water and groceries. 

So far, Typhoon No. 6 is responsible for 17 deaths and 21 missing people, causing widespread loss of property and shutdowns of many businesses. Relief and recovery efforts are underway to help communities who need medical treatment, food, and clothing.

Da Nang commuters helped each other amid Typhoon No. 6

Even though natural disasters are the last things that we want to be caught up in, that’s no denying that they can bring out the best in people. From shielding bikers from the winds to raising donations, we’re seeing stories about many Vietnamese people coming together to help one another amid disaster.

For those who are living in typhoon-prone areas, stay informed of the typhoon and flooding statuses before hitting the road and follow local officials’ recommendations for your own safety. 

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Cover image adapted from: Cháo Hành Miễn Phí

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