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Traffic interrupted as downpour submerges national highway in southern Vietnam

Traffic interrupted as downpour submerges national highway in southern Vietnam

Wednesday, September 07, 2022, 10:47 GMT+7
Traffic interrupted as downpour submerges national highway in southern Vietnam
Vehicles stop in front of a heavily flooded section of National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A section of National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam was submerged following a heavy rain on Tuesday evening, causing traffic delays for multiple hours.

The downpour started lashing Bien Hoa City, the capital of Dong Nai, at around 4:00 pm on Tuesday, inundating such streets as Dong Khoi, Bui Van Hoa, Vo Nguyen Giap, Chau Van Long, Nguyen Van To, and National Highway No. 51.

As of 7:00 pm, the flooding was exacerbated when water from the Ba Lua River flowed into the residential area in Long Binh Tan Ward.

Residents push their broken-down motorbikes along a flooded section of National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Residents push their broken-down motorbikes along a flooded section of National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Along a one-kilometer section of National Highway No. 51 in Long Binh Tan Ward, rainwater was about 40 centimeters to one meter high.

Thousands of vehicles were unable to travel through this section, resulting in traffic congestion along multiple kilometers of the highway.

Commuters who decided to continue on with their journey ended up having their vehicles break down.

A car travels on an inundated section of National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A car travels on an inundated section of National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

Residents living along the road could not prevent their homes from being flooded despite having taken various measures, including raising the floor of the house, using a pump, and blocking the entrance.

The water only started to recede at around 10:00 pm, and traffic on the highway eventually returned to normal.

Residents in Long Binh Tan Ward said they had been struggling with similar flooding whenever it rained heavily in the area.

A truck breaks down on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A truck breaks down on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

The flooding damaged a lot of furniture and household appliances.

“Local authorities previously installed new sewers and dug ditches, but such solutions did not mitigate the inundation at all,” said Vu Thi Xuan Trang, 52.

Trang expressed her wish that the authorities will soon complete an anti-flooding project to free residents from this misery.

A broken-down car is loaded onto a tow truck on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A broken-down car is loaded onto a tow truck on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

The median strip is knocked down by rainwater on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

The median strip is knocked down by rainwater on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

People resume their journeys as the rainwater begins to recede on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

People resume their journeys as rainwater began to recede on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A resident scoops rainwater out of her home in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A resident scoops rainwater out of her home in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A flooded neighborhood in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

A flooded neighborhood in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

People sit inside a flooded house in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

People sit inside a flooded house in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, September 6, 2022. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

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