​High tide submerges Ho Chi Minh City for second time this week

A woman and her two children struggle to get home on a flooded street in Ha Chi Minh City on December 6, 2017. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Flooded streets, broken-down vehicles, and inundated houses are becoming a relentless headache for Ho Chi Minh City residents as rising tides submerged the metropolis again on Wednesday.

Wednesday evening’s flood was a repeat of Tuesday, when water levels at around 6:30 pm peaked at 1.68 meters, submerging streets in District 4, District 7, Binh Tan District, and Nha Be District.

The same situation was repeated on Wednesday in several neighborhoods across the southern hub, further impacting the daily lives of local citizens.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, Le Van Luong Street in Nha Be District was submerged under nearly one meter of floodwater. 

Courageous motorcyclists attempting to brave the street either broke down or were forced to inch along the road at a snail’s pace.

Those who stayed home had plenty more problems on their hands. 

As floodwaters began rising, residents living along Le van Luong were quick to realize that efforts to floodproof their home were ineffective.

“It has been tiring living with regular flooding over the past years. Going to work is fatiguing and picking up my children from school is even more exhausting,” Ton Thi Bay, a local citizen, sighed.

A man pushes his motorbike along an inundated road in Ho Chi Minh City.
A man pushes his motorbike along an inundated road in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tran Thien Bao, a food vendor in Nha Be, says the floods are also slowing down business.

“Everyone is just trying to get home,” Bao complained.

Other major streets affected by the floods included Ho Hoc Lam Street in Binh Tan District and Tran Xuan Soan and Huynh Tan Phat Streets in District 7.

A worker fixes his motorcycle alongside the flooded street.
A worker fixes his motorcycle alongside a flooded street.
A woman holds her child amidst the floodwater.
A woman holds her child amidst the floodwater.
A motorcyclist covers the exhaust pipe before entering a flooded road.
A motorcyclist covers the exhaust pipe before entering a flooded road.
Motorcart drivers provide transport services to those with broken-down motorbikes.
Motorcart drivers provide transport services to those with broken-down motorbikes.
A young boy enjoys himself on a flooded street.
A young boy enjoys himself on a flooded street.
Eggs are soaked in an inundated shop.
Eggs are soaked in an inundated shop.
A garbage collector struggles to work through the floods.
A garbage collector struggles to work through the floods.
Slow business at a grocery store
Slow business at a grocery store
A banner advertising free vehicle repair in Nhon Duc Commune, Nha Be District.
A banner advertising free vehicle repair in Nhon Duc Commune, Nha Be District.

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