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​Prolonged downpour submerges Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10:10 GMT+7

Many streets in Ho Chi Minh City were severely inundated due to a prolonged downpour that started on Saturday evening and lingered until late at night, causing difficulties for commuters and local residents.

The heavy rain began at around 6:15 pm and quickly submerged multiple routes across the southern metropolis, namely Nguyen Xi and Ung Van Khiem in Binh Thanh District, Phan Huy Ich and Cay Tram in Go Vap District, Huynh Tan Phat in District 7, and Ho Hoc Lam in Binh Tan District.

People travel along a flooded street cause by heavy downpour in Ho Chi Minh City.
People travel along a street flooded by a heavy downpour in Ho Chi Minh City.

Commuters faced immense challenges when traveling along the flooded streets as their vehicles were likely to break down.

At inundated intersections such as Xo Viet Nghe Tinh - Ung Van Khiem, traffic police officers were mobilized to control the traffic under the downpour.

Floodwaters also poured into many houses.

Commuters on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District
Commuters on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street in Binh Thanh District

According to the Ho Chi Min City Urban Drainage Company, the highest rainfall was recorded at 102 millimeters at Phu Lam Station in Binh Tan District.

Over 10 areas across the city were submerged due to the rain, the firm added.

It was still raining at 9:30 pm on the same day, creating difficulties for residents on their way home.

A traffic police officer works under the heavy rain in Binh Thanh District.
A traffic police officer works under the heavy rain in Binh Thanh District.
A man travels on an inundated road in Binh Tan District.
A man travels on an inundated road in Binh Tan District.
Ho Ngoc Lam Street in Binh Tan District is severely inundated.
Ho Hoc Lam Street in Binh Tan District is severely inundated.
A man picks up his motorbike amid the floodwater.
A man picks up his motorbike amid the rainwater.
An exhausted woman holds her daughter.
An exhausted woman holds her daughter.
A house in Binh Tan District is submerged during the downpour.
A house in Binh Tan District is submerged during the downpour.
Local residents use sand bags and wooden boards to prevent floodwater from flowing into their homes.
Local residents use sand bags and wooden boards to prevent floodwaters from flowing into their homes.
A food vendor sits among the floodwater on Ho Ngoc Lam Street in Binh Tan District.
A food vendor sits amid floodwaters on Ho Hoc Lam Street in Binh Tan District.
Ho Ngoc Lam Street is still flooded as of 10:00 pm on May 19, 2018.
Ho Hoc Lam Street was still flooded at 10:00 pm on May 19, 2018.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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