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​National highway becomes ‘river’ following downpour in southern Vietnam

Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 11:53 GMT+7

A section of a national highway in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai has been severely inundated after a heavy downpour, creating immense challenges for commuters and local residents.

The National Highway 51 passing Long Binh Tan Ward, Bien Hoa City, was submerged under floodwater as high as one meter after torrential rain on Tuesday evening.

Local citizens said that the downpour started at around 5:00 pm and the inundation began about 30 minutes later.

The water poured into houses along the street despite residents’ efforts to prevent the flood from affecting their homes.

By 7:30 pm the same day, the inundation reached its peak, submerging hundreds of meters of road and median strip.

Only large trucks could travel on the flooded highway, while other types of vehicles, namely motorbikes, cars, and passenger buses, broke down because of the water.

Many commuters had to wait until the water receded before continuing their journeys.

According to Mai Thi Thanh Thuy, one local resident, this is the most serious flooding in the neighborhoods history.

Hundreds of vehicles have to stop until the water recedes.
Hundreds of vehicles have to stop until the water recedes.

“Floodwater poured into the house so fast that we could not move all of our important belongings. Even our herd of chicken was drowned,” Thuy elaborated.

Another resident said that many of his household appliances were damaged, costing him tens of millions of dong (VND10 million = US$439.8).

The water began to recede at around 9:20 pm that evening, but vehicles were only safe to travel on the highway by 10:00 pm, with the help of local traffic police officers.

The National Highway 1 becomes a river after heavy rain.
The National Highway 1 becomes a river after heavy rain.
Only a small number of vehicles can travel in such conditions.
Only a small number of vehicles can travel in such conditions.
A man pushes his motorbike through the floodwater.
A man pushes his motorbike through the floodwater.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Commuters struggle to travel in the floodwater as high as one meter.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.
Floodwater pours into houses along the highway in Dong Nai Province.

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