Goodmorning from Vietnam. Here are today’s leading news stories:
-- A hot weather pattern with high temperature and low humidity is forecast to linger in central Vietnam over the next days, posing a high risk of forest fires. Meanwhile, the scorching weather in northern provinces is expected to become less intense from Monday.
-- Four people were killed in two separate accidents involving four motorbikes in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on Saturday. Most victims in both cases were riding their motorcycles at a very high speed.
-- A scrap facility has been caught dumping chemicals into a stream in a residential area in the southern province of Binh Duong, causing its water to turn white and have an unpleasant stench.
-- A total of 241 Vietnamese citizens stranded in the Philippines were brought home on Saturday evening. They were all quarantined after landing in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
-- The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has proposed to the prime minister that environmental pollution in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City be monitored and controlled regularly, as the situation has recently escalated at an alarming level.
-- Authorities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam have asked the prime minister to consider the construction of expressways and the establishment of a railway network in the region to help boost economic development.
-- National carrier Vietnam Airlines may face a liquidity shortage starting in September and a drop of VND50 trillion (US$2.16 billion) in revenue this year due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, CEO Duong Tri Thanh said.
-- Thousands of visitors, including many foreigners, participated in the 2020 An Bang Beach Food & Music Festival at the namesake beach in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam on Saturday.
-- Over 14.4 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus around the world while more than 604,800 have lost their lives, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Health's statistics. Above 8.6 million patients have recovered.