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Historic tidal flooding turns lives upside down in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, October 01, 2019, 10:52 GMT+7
Historic tidal flooding turns lives upside down in Ho Chi Minh City
A young man pushes his broken-down motorbike along Me Coc Street in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City on September 30, 2019. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

High tide broke its record high in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday evening, submerging many neighborhoods and turning the lives of local residents upside down.

Water levels in the Saigon River was measured at 1.77 meters, exceeding the previous record of 1.72 meters in 2017.

Tidal flooding began submerging areas near rivers and canals across the southern metropolis at around 5:00 pm.

Floodwater was up to knee-high on multiple routes, causing vehicles to break down.

Traffic jams were severely exacerbated during rush hour due to the phenomenon.

Many families suffered immense difficulties after their homes were also flooded.

Commuters travel on Me Coc Street. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel on Me Coc Street in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Areas with the most serious inundation included Thao Dien Ward in District 2, Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4, Me Coc Street in District 8, and Thanh Da Area in Binh Thanh District.

Existing embankments in some locations were useless against the rising water level. 

Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7 is inundated by high tide. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7 is inundated by high tide. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Tide is forecast to remain high at about 1.72 meters on Tuesday and will begin receding on Thursday.

In Mekong Delta localities such as Vinh Long, An Giang Provinces and Can Tho City, high tide accompanied by floods from the Mekong River resulted in the most severe inundation in the past 30 years.

A woman carries a child along a flooded alley in District 7. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A woman carries a child along a flooded alley in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A flooded alley on Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A flooded alley on Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A man scoops water out of his home. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A man scoops water out of his home. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A woman helps her daughter with her homework inside their flooded house in District 4. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman helps her daughter with her homework inside their flooded house in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

High tide submerges a house in District 2. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

High tide submerges a house in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A woman stands inside her flooded kitchen. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A woman stands in her flooded kitchen. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A man uses wooden planks to keep water from flowing into his house. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A man uses wooden planks to keep water from flowing into his house. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Residents prevent their mattresses from getting soaked. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Residents prevent their mattresses from getting soaked. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People make an embankment in District 2. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

People make an embankment in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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