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Ho Chi Minh City residents struggle with year’s highest tide

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:27 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City residents struggle with year’s highest tide
Tran Xuan Soan Street turns into a river due to high tide in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre

Residents and commuters struggled with rising tides again in Ho Chi Minh City on Monday, when many streets and neighborhoods were flooded.

Monday’s tide peaked in the early morning, measuring 1.7 meters high at Nha Be Station at around 3:30 pm, according to the southern hydro-meteorological center.

Tidal water was 1.64-1.65 meters high in the late afternoon.

A worker operates a water pump to alleviate flooding in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

A worker operates a water pump to alleviate flooding in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre

Although the tide was not as high as previously forecast, it still inundated many parts of the southern city and caused major inconveniences for local residents.

In District 2, a broken section along the embankment on Nguyen Van Huong Street worsened the inundation, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

Local authorities had to prepare a high-capacity machine on this route to pump water back into the river.

The pump has the capacity of up to 2,700 cubic meters per hour, according to the worker who was operating the machine.

A high-capacity machine is used to pump tidal water back into the river in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A high-capacity machine is used to pump tidal water back into the river in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

On Pham Hung Street in Binh Chanh District, a 500-meter section was submerged under 40-centimeter deep water, making it difficult to travel on the road.

Many motorbike riders had to park on the sidewalk to wait for the water to recede.

Along Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, multiple motorbikes broke down as tidal water reached 0.5 meters high.

People travel on flooded Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

People travel on flooded Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A similar situation also occurred on Ton That Thuyet Street in District 4 despite the operation of two pumps.

This is the highest tide to have hit Ho Chi Minh City so far this year, Le Dinh Quyet, an official of the southern hydro-meteorological center, told Tuoi Tre.

A woman pushes her broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman pushes her broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents are pictured on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Local residents are pictured on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A student pushes her bicycle along a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre

A student pushes her bicycle along a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Kim Ut / Tuoi Tre

A woman pushes her broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman pushes her broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Water is pumped back into the river in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Water is pumped back into the river in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 16, 2020. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

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