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Residents grapple with tidal flooding in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, November 08, 2018, 11:19 GMT+7
Residents grapple with tidal flooding in Ho Chi Minh City
A motorcyclist struggles to travel along flooded Le Van Luong Street in Nha Be Distrist, Ho Chi Minh City on November 7, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

High tide once again sank Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday, bringing about endless challenges and difficulties to the daily lives of local residents.

The Saigon River’s water level peaked at 1.61 meters yesterday, according to the southern hydro-meteorological station. 

Nhon Duc Commune in Nha Be District was among the areas heavily affected by the tidal flooding.

By 3:00pm Le Van Luong and Nguyen Binh streets had been submerged.

As of 4:00 pm the same day, multiple sections along these roads were under 30 to 50 centimeters of water, causing many vehicles to break down.

Nguyen Thi Sau, a resident in Nhon Duc, said she had to block floodwater from flowing into her home.

Unfinished roadworks along Le Van Luong Street also exacerbated the problem, Sau stated.

“People sometimes travel by raft if the inundation gets too serious,” the woman added.

In District 2’s Thao Dien neighborhood, tidal water is a constant annoyance on Quoc Huong and Nguyen Van Huong Streets, creating serious headaches for commuters and residents.

Tides are forecast to continue rising and peak at 1.65 meters on Thursday. 

A tree branch is used to mark the location of a sewer along the street.
A tree branch is used to mark the location of a sewer along the street.
A man fixes his motorbike after it breaks down due to the floodwater.
A man fixes his motorbike after it breaks down due to the floodwater.
Commuters wait until the water recede to continue their journey.
Commuters wait until the water recedes to continue their journey.
Business is slow at a grocery store in Nha Be District due to the rising tide.
Business is slow at a grocery store in Nha Be District due to the rising tide.
A woman walks her kids home after school.
A woman walks her kids home after school.
Children walk on an inundated street.
Children walk on an inundated street.
A man pushes his broken down motorcycle on a flooded road.
A man pushes his broken-down motorcycle on a flooded road.
Vehicles travel on Nguyen Van Huong Street.
Vehicles travel on Nguyen Van Huong Street.
A young boy runs home after class.
A young boy runs home after class.
Local residents used sand bags to prevent water from infiltrating their homes.
Local residents use sand bags to prevent water from infiltrating their homes.
Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2 is submerged.
Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2 is submerged.
A flooded neighborhood in District 2
A flooded neighborhood in District 2
People travel on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7.
People travel on Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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