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Streets of Ho Chi Minh City swamped as downpour hits

Streets of Ho Chi Minh City swamped as downpour hits

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 15:29 GMT+7
Streets of Ho Chi Minh City swamped as downpour hits
Citizens drive in the rain in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 23, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Torrential rains on Saturday afternoon, happening in tandem with high tides, inundated many streets of Ho Chi Minh City and impeded the commutes of local citizens.

A witnessed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper correspondents, Saturday's rainfall first reached the downtown and northern areas in the afternoon before spreading to other parts of the city. 

The precipitation flooded many streets, including District 12’s Phan Van Hon Street, Binh Thanh District’s Binh Loi Street, and Thu Duc City’s Nguyen Van Huong and Quoc Huong Streets, the real-time flooding alert application by the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Drainage Company suggested on Saturday.

A citizen rides his electric bike through the flood in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 21, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A man rides his electric bike through the flood in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 23, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Downpours were also reported in many Mekong Delta provinces, including Long An, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang, Vinh Long, An Giang, Kien Giang, and Ca Mau, according to the Southern Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

Coupled with rising tides, the rains caused floods in low areas and waterfronts in these areas. 

A motorcyclist drives through the flood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 21, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A person drives a scooter through the flood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 23, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A motorcyclist drives through the flood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 21, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman drives her scooter through the flood in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, October 23, 2021. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

In the next few days, the weather in southern provinces will be influenced by a southbound cold front, bringing northeast winds of increased force.

Changing clouds and sporadic sunlight will be seen during the day, followed by chances of heavy rains and thunderstorms during twilight hours. 

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