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Downpour leads to flooding, congestion in Ho Chi Minh City

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:01 GMT+7
Downpour leads to flooding, congestion in Ho Chi Minh City
A traffic jam on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on September 14, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A downpour dampened Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday evening and resulted in inundation and congestion in multiple neighborhoods, while rain is forecast to continue on Sunday.

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, flooding occurred along various streets in District 2 and Binh Thanh District.

On Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh, inundation was still serious even though the rain had stopped for nearly one hour.

Some parts of the road were submerged under one-meter-deep water.

The situation led to a traffic jam as commuters parked their motorbikes under an overpass to avoid the downpour, while others had to push their vehicles after they broke down.

Commuters wait under an overpass for the rain to stop. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters wait under an overpass for the rain to stop. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Flooding caused immense challenges for commuters along Thao Dien and Quoc Huong Streets in Thao Dien Ward, District 2.

“We had to wait till rainwater receded to continue our journey,” a resident stated.

A traffic jam on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on September 14, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A traffic jam on Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on September 14, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Aside from Ho Chi Minh City, other provinces in southern Vietnam and the Central Highlands were also lashed by torrential rain on Saturday, the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting reported.

A rainfall of 40 to 70 millimeters per 24 hours is expected to continue hitting the regions on Sunday.

Downpours with milder intensity will also occur on the south-central coast.

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Huu Canh Street is inundated. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Flooding on Ung Van Khiem Street in Binh Thanh District. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Flooding on Ung Van Khiem Street in Binh Thanh District. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man pushes his motorbike on Thao Dien Street in District 2. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

A man pushes his motorbike on Thao Dien Street in District 2. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

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