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Flooding, congestion torment commuters as downpour batters Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 15:55 GMT+7
Flooding, congestion torment commuters as downpour batters Ho Chi Minh City
A woman falls off her motorbike during a downpour in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Hoang An / Tuoi Tre

Heavy rain accompanied by strong gusts flooded many streets in Ho Chi Minh City, causing immense difficulties for commuters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The downpour lasted for hours, inundating many streets and worsening traffic jams.

It was the heaviest rain to have battered Ho Chi Minh City since the beginning of this year’s rainy season, with average rainfall measured at 120 millimeters. 

According to the observations of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Ung Van Khiem Street in Binh Thanh District was submerged under half-a-meter-deep water on Tuesday evening, causing motorbikes to break down while several commuters also fell off their vehicles.

Flooding also occurred along To Hieu, Phan Anh, and Nguyen Van Yen Streets in Tan Phu District.

These roads were previously inundated during a downpour on Monday afternoon.

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Knee-high rainwater filled Le Thanh Ton and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia in District 1 as well.

The UDI Maps app, developed by the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Drainage Company, warned of serious inundation along Nguyen Huu Canh and Binh Loi Streets in Binh Thanh District, advising commuters to pick another route.

A motorbike breaks down in heavy rain on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike breaks down in heavy rain on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A big tree on provincial highway No. 43 in Thu Duc District was uprooted by strong winds and fell onto a house and a motorbike.

There were no casualties reported following the incident.

A man struggles to push his motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A man struggles to push his motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is submerged during a downpour on June 16. 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City is submerged during a downpour on June 16. 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters have a hard time traveling on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic congestion is exacerbated due to the rain in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic congestion is exacerbated due to the rain in Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Hiep Binh Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City is submerged during a downpour on June 16. 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Hiep Binh Street in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City is submerged during a downpour on June 16. 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A tree is uprooted on provincial highway No. 43 in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A tree is uprooted on provincial highway No. 43 in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, June 16, 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

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