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Daily life upended as tidal flooding hits Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 14:28 GMT+7
Daily life upended as tidal flooding hits Ho Chi Minh City
A resident barricades his house with wooden boards in this image taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre

Many households in low-lying areas in Ho Chi Minh City saw their lives turned upside down on Monday as tidal flooding kept rising, going against previous forecasts that the situation would improve the same day.

The Southern Hydro-meteorological Center earlier had projected water levels to peak at 1.66 meter at Nha Be and Phu An Station on Monday. However, the levels reached 1.67 meter and 1.68 meter at the two stations, respectively, in the evening. 

As witnessed by a Tuoi Tre (Youth) correspondent, Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7 was inundated from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, causing many vehicles to experience engine failure.

L.V.T, a resident living on Tran Xuan Soan Street, said the flooding was worse than the previous day.

Sewage water from canals flowed into his house, bringing stench on Sunday. The odor became milder the next day, he said.

His neighbor H.V.M. suffered the same situation as weather forecasts turned out to be wrong.

“Floodtide is too unpredictable. It started at 4:00 pm yesterday, but today it began at 5:00 pm,” he said.

As many houses in his neighborhood were lower than water level, residents had to barricade their gates with tarps and scoop water out of the house. 

A house in flooded in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
A house in flooded in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
Commuters are seen walking their bike amidst floodwater in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
Commuters are seen walking their bike amidst floodwater in this photo taken in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
A hairdresser’s on Tran Xuan Soan Street of Ho Chi Minh City is flooded. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
A hairdresser’s on Tran Xuan Soan Street of Ho Chi Minh City is flooded. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
A house is seen barricaded with sand bags in this photo taken in Ho Chi minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A house is seen barricaded with sand bags in this photo taken in Ho Chi minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A food stall on Tran Xuan Soan Street of Ho Chi Minh City is flooded. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre
A food stall on Tran Xuan Soan Street of Ho Chi Minh City is flooded. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre

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