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High tide sinks Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta localities

Monday, September 30, 2019, 11:14 GMT+7
High tide sinks Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta localities
A section of Me Coc Street in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City was submerged by high tide on September 29, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Residents in different areas in Ho Chi Minh City had been told to brace for high tide on the weekend, but they did not expect flooding caused by the phenomenon to be so terrible.

While high tide had yet to reach its peak levels on Sunday, many neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in the Mekong Delta, were already under water.

As of Sunday evening, water levels in the Saigon River were measured at 1.65 to 1.66 meters.

Inundation was recorded on multiple streets in Thao Dien Ward, District 2 and Thanh Da Area in Binh Thanh District, causing many motorcycles to break down.

Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4 is flooded on September 29, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4 was flooded on September 29, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Such streets as Nguyen Khoai, Ton That Thuyet, and Nguyen Tat Thanh in District 4 and Tran Xuan Soan in District 7 were also submerged.

Locals’ lives were turned upside down after water poured into their homes.

In District 8, an embankment along Me Coc Street broke on Sunday evening, which made the problem much worse.

A man scoops water out of his home in District 4. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

A man scoops water out of his home in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

Aside from Ho Chi Minh City, many areas in the Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Soc Trang, and Bac Lieu were also affected by rising tide accompanied by floodwater from the Mekong River.

Can Tho City suffered the heaviest damage in the region, with almost all of its downtown roads inundated.

Some people had to travel on a raft due to the flooding.

Children cycle on a flooded street in District 2. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Children cycle on a flooded street in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

According to the southern hydro-metrological station, high tide in Ho Chi Minh City is forecast to continue rising and peak at 1.68 meters on Monday evening.

Inundation is expected to happen in low areas in the southern metropolis, including parts of District 2, District 4 and District 7.

The situation is likely to worsen traffic jams during rush hour and create tremendous challenges for commuters.

High tide submerges Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

High tide submerges Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Water floods a house in District 8. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Water floods a house in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man carries his children on a draft in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A man carries his children on a raft in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A street in downtown Can Tho City is inundated. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A street in downtown Can Tho City is inundated. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A street in downtown Can Tho City is inundated. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

A street in downtown Can Tho City is inundated. Photo: Chi Hanh / Tuoi Tre

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