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Historic downpour sinks many parts of Ho Chi Minh City

Historic downpour sinks many parts of Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, August 07, 2020, 12:51 GMT+7
Historic downpour sinks many parts of Ho Chi Minh City
Commuters travel in a heavy downpour in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Heavy rain on Thursday night battered Ho Chi Minh City harder than nearly any storm since 1984, resulting in large-scale flooding throughout the metropolis.

The torrential rain began at around 6:00 pm and lingered until midnight, with the total rainfall measuring 203.2 millimeters, according to the southern hydro-meteorological station.

The storm dumped 92.1 millimeters of water between 7:00 and 8:00 pm alone, helping it along its path toward breaking the city’s record of total rainfall and rainfall per 60 minutes. 

The previous record had been in place since 1984.

The rain was the result of the combined effects of a tropical convergent strip, trough, and monsoon, the weather station elaborated.

Multiple streets in District 12, District 7, District 4, Thu Duc District, Binh Thanh District, and Go Vap District were severely flooded over the course of the storm. 

Meanwhile, photos of commuters pushing broken-down motorbikes and automobiles through inundated streets flooded social media.

Traffic congestion on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic congestion on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Massive amounts of rainwater also poured into houses in the affected areas, causing damage to furniture and appliances.

Downpours are expected to continue lashing Ho Chi Minh City and other southern provinces on Friday, the southern weather station forecast.

The rainfall will decrease in intensity on Saturday but will increase again from Tuesday next week.

A man scoops rainwater from his house in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A man scoops rainwater from his house in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident has a hard time riding a bicycle in the heavy downpour that lashed Ho Chi Minh City on August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A resident has a hard time riding a bicycle in the heavy downpour that lashed Ho Chi Minh City on August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic congestion on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Traffic congestion on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Motorcyclists wait for the floodwater to recede in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Motorcyclists wait for the rainwater to recede in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel on flooded Dinh Bo Linh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Commuters travel on flooded Dinh Bo Linh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike breaks down after traveling on a heavily flooded road in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike breaks down after traveling on a heavily flooded road in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A resident pushes a motorcycle in knee-deep water, Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A resident pushes a motorcycle in knee-deep rainwater in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Waves of floodwater spill over as a car travels on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Waves of floodwater spill over as a car travels on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike breaks down after traveling on a heavily flooded road in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike breaks down after traveling on a heavily flooded road in Ho Chi Minh City, August 6, 2020. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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