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High tide breaks records, causes severe inundation in Vietnam’s Can Tho City

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 10:30 GMT+7
High tide breaks records, causes severe inundation in Vietnam’s Can Tho City
A street in downtown Can Tho City, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, is flooded due to high tide on October 9, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Water levels in rivers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho have passed an old-time record due to high tide and they are forecast to continue rising over the next days.

As of 7:00 am on Monday, the water level was recorded at 2.17 meters at the Can Tho Station, 0.02 meters higher than the previous record, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the city’s weather center as saying.

High tide continued to elevate water levels in local rivers and canals on Tuesday.

It is expected that water levels will reach 2.20 or 2.25 meters in the next three days, which may worsen the already serious inundation across the city.

Tidal water will peak daily from 6:00 to 8:00 am and from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Multiple streets, namely 30/4, Tran Hung Dao, Tran Van Hoai, Pham Ngu Lao, and Huynh Cuong, have been flooded since Monday.

Mau Than Street in Ninh Kieu District was submerged under 50-centimeter high floodwater as of Tuesday evening.

Inundation also occurred along a 200-meter section of Nguyen Van Cu Street.

Commuters were forced to push their motorbikes slowly along the flooded roads, which caused them to be late for work and school.

In addition, several dams in Ninh Kieu and Binh Thuy Districts broke due to high pressure from floodwater in the past two days, which affected numerous houses and farms.

According to local residents, such high tide is unprecedented in the city.

Floods also occurred much earlier compared to previous years, which caught the locals off their guard.

Specialized units and district-level administrations have been tasked with closely monitoring the situation and helping citizens promptly deal with emerging problems, said Tran Quoc Trung, secretary of the municipal Party Committee.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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