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Firefighters help residents save property as downpour strikes Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 16:45 GMT+7

Firefighters have been deployed to help residents save their properties as torrential rains hit Ho Chi Minh City last week.

Phan Xich Long Street in Phu Nhuan District has long been an area least affected by flooding in the city.

However, the street was full of water on the evening of August 26, leaving a large number of motorcycles stuck.

“The street is in a high topographical area, and has never flooded like this before,” Mai Thi Anh Hong, a 45-year-old resident, said.

Many local homeowners failed to prevent floodwater from pouring into their houses as the water level rose quickly.

Cars and motorcycles parked in some basements were drowned in up to two meters of water.

Firefighters were deployed to help residents save their properties and safely pump water out.

According to Nguyen Van Quyen, head of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department in Binh Thanh District, the rescue work was risky as the electrical system in the basement was not shut down at the time.

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Firefighters pump out water from the basement of a building. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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The pipe used to pump water out. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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A basement engulfed in water. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Firefighters eat ‘banh mi’ at midnight before continuing their work. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Fire engines were deployed to help pump water out of residents’ houses. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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