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Heavy rain causes floods, traffic jams in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, November 03, 2015, 14:57 GMT+7
Heavy rain causes floods, traffic jams in Ho Chi Minh City
People struggle with a traffic jam after a downpour in Ho Chi Minh City on November 2, 2015.

Heavy rain that lasted almost two hours on Monday evening caused serious flooding and a severe traffic jam on multiple streets in Ho Chi Minh City.

Among city areas, District 12, Binh Thanh District and Tan Binh District suffered the most.

Floodwater rose to nearly a meter high on Nguyen Van Qua Street in District 12, causing many vehicles to break down, according to newswire Dan Tri.

Large branches from trees planted along Nguyen Thai Binh Street in Tan Binh District fell onto the road, creating difficulties for commuters and blocking traffic, the newswire added.

The downpour occurred during peak hours and thus contributed to the usual traffic jams across Ho Chi Minh City.

Congestion was most evident in the streets of Tan Binh District, including Hoang Van Thu, Cong Hoa, Nguyen Thai Binh, and some others.

Around Tan Son Nhat International Airport, a massive traffic jam prevented vehicles from going in and out the facility.

Flights arriving and departing were delayed for up to 30 minutes due to the poor weather condition, according to Vietnam Airlines.

A total of 22 flights were directly affected by the rain, two of which were arriving from the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa and Australia, and had to be redirected to the south-central resort city of Nha Trang, the flag carrier added.

Flights of Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and other international carriers were also postponed due to the unfavorable weather condition.

However, by 6:00 pm the same day, the rain had eased and activities in the airport were back to normal.

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A father is seen carrying his child through floodwater on Cay Tram Street, Go Vap District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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A cab runs through floodwater on Cay Tram Street, Go Vap District Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Two students are pictured trying to push their vehicle on a flooded street in Go Vap District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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