Len — Flood in Hoi An
Len — Hoi An Flood, Japanese Bridge
“Yesterday was such an exhausting day. I was so worried about my boat and I could not sleep. I stayed up the whole night to protect my boat, otherwise, the wind would blow it away. If I had just left it outside with a rope, the wind would have destroyed the rope. The wind was super strong.”
It was a beautiful sunny day the morning after Typhoon Molave, the worst to hit Vietnam since 2017. We explored the flooded street of Hoi An with Len, in her boat. On normal days, where she sits in her boat would be a street. Today, it’s part of the Thu Bon River.
“I have been working on boats for 35 years. Before tourism started in Hoi An, I used to be a fisherman, now I am running boat rides for tourists. In the past, there were many tourists, this year, it is mostly dead.”
“We are used to flooding. People in the old days, they could predict storms coming by the wind, especially those who worked on the ocean. Now, we have weather forecasts, informed by the local government. They drive their vehicles around and broadcast the information from a speaker.”
Len, 57 years old
Hoi An, Vietnam