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Evening downpour soothes heat, brings floods to Hanoi streets

Evening downpour soothes heat, brings floods to Hanoi streets

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:45 GMT+7
Evening downpour soothes heat, brings floods to Hanoi streets
A motorbike navigates through a flooded street in Hanoi, June 22, 2021. Photo: Tu Van / Tuoi Tre

Many streets in Hanoi were flooded after a torrential rainstorm hit the Vietnamese capital on Tuesday. 

Heavy rain on Tuesday evening dumped 20 to 50 millimeters of precipitation on the downtown areas of Hanoi, according to the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting.

Precipitation helped cooled down the capital city as it is currently undergoing an intense heatwave, which brought mercury up to 40 degrees Celsius during daytime. 

The rain continued in the following hours of the night, with precipitation ranging from 40 to 100 millimeters.

As witnessed by a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondent, various streets in the downtown area were inundated under as much as half a meter of rainwater. 

A flooded street in Hanoi, June 22, 2021. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

A flooded street in Hanoi, June 22, 2021. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

The flooding hampered traffic flow on several streets, including Nguyen Trai in Thanh Xuan District, Giang Vo in Ba Dinh District or Pham Ngoc Thach in Dong Da District.

As recorded at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, the Vu Trong Phung - Quan Nhan junction in Thanh Xuan District was 0.2 meters deep in flood, while the Phan Boi Chau - Ly Thuong Kiet intersection in Hoan Kiem District saw flood levels reaching 0.3 meters.

According to reports from the monitoring system of the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Co. Ltd., these inundated streets would be drained out soon after the rain ceased.

A motorbike navigates through flooded Giang Vo street in Hanoi, June 22, 2021. Photo: Tu Van / Tuoi Tre

A motorbike navigates through flooded Giang Vo Street in Hanoi, June 22, 2021. Photo: Tu Van / Tuoi Tre

Heavy rain, accompanied by thunderstorms, as well as chances of typhoons and gale winds may return to Hanoi until Friday, according to the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting.

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