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Medical staff, patients endure overnight flooding at Ho Chi Minh hospital

Medical staff, patients endure overnight flooding at Ho Chi Minh hospital

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 10:55 GMT+7
Medical staff, patients endure overnight flooding at Ho Chi Minh hospital
A nurse and a doctor wearing rubber boots work at the inundated emergency department of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Medical staff at Hoc Mon General Hospital were forced to work in a flood while many patients had to endure both their sickness and the inundation as a heavy rainstorm battered Ho Chi Minh City on Monday afternoon and lingered until the evening.

The torrential downpour started inundating the Hoc Mon District-based hospital’s emergency department around 5:00 pm, according to a nurse, and remained until around 8:15 pm when Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper’s correspondent arrived at the scene.

Doctors and nurses at the hospital had to wear rubber boots while continuing their work.

The hospital’s parking lot was the most flooded place.

A doctor and a nurse wearing rubber boots give treatment to a patient at the inundated emergency department of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A doctor and a nurse wearing rubber boots give treatment to a patient at the inundated emergency department of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

While a nurse presumed that the rainwater would recede in a few hours after the rain stopped, a number of locals living near the hospital said the flooding is commonplace here.

“I’m worried whenever my relatives must visit the hospital in the rain,” said Ha Van Minh, a local man who took his grandchild with a stomach ache to the hospital on Monday evening.

“It is heartbreaking to see sick people wading in the rainwater. 

“I just hope this hospital will not be inundated anymore.”

Vehicles drive through rainwater past the parking lot of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles drive through rainwater past the parking lot of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A patient’s relative wades through rainwater at Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A patient’s relative wades through rainwater at Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A janitor picks rubbish at the inundated Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

A janitor picks rubbish at the inundated Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater floods the parking lot of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater floods the parking lot of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Men wade through rainwater at Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Men wade through rainwater at Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater floods the entrance to the emergency department of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater floods the entrance to the emergency department of Hoc Mon General Hospital in Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, August 15, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

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