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High tide floods streets, houses in Ho Chi Minh City

High tide floods streets, houses in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 11:42 GMT+7
High tide floods streets, houses in Ho Chi Minh City
Water flows from Te Canal into Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Many streets in low-lying areas in Ho Chi Minh City were turned into ‘rivers’ due to high tide on Tuesday afternoon.

Although the tide did not reach its peak on Tuesday, the flooding still posed a lot of difficulties for commuters and residents in multiple neighborhoods.

On Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, which stretches along the bank of Te Canal, the water began flowing into the road at around 5:30 pm.

The most flooded section was near the foot of Tan Thuan Bridge, with water levels at up to 20 centimeters high.

People travel on flooded Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

People travel on flooded Tran Xuan Soan Street in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Many motorcyclists fell as they traveled on the inundated route, while others ended up with broken-down vehicles.

Local residents struggled as floodwaters submerged their houses.

The situation is quite common whenever high tide hits the city, and residents are now relying on the completion of the city’s anti-flooding project to solve this issue.

A woman takes off her shoes before traveling on a flooded street section in Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A woman takes off her shoes before traveling on a flooded street section in Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

In District 8, Rach Cung and Dinh An Tai Streets were also sunk by the high tide.

In some locations, the floodwaters reached up to 40 centimeters high.

“Elevating our furniture and appliances has become a habit during high tide periods,” said Phan Van Duoc, who lives along Dinh An Tai Street.

A man falls off his motorbike while traveling on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A man falls off his motorbike while traveling on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

High tide often hits Ho Chi Minh City every month from August to January of the lunar calendar. The tide usually peaks around September and October.

The tide on Tuesday was measured at 1.55 to 1.58 meters and is expected to linger until the end of Wednesday, according to the southern hydro-meteorological station.

Dinh An Tai Street is flooded by high tide in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre

Dinh An Tai Street is flooded by high tide in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre

Rach Cung Street is flooded by high tide in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre

Rach Cung Street is flooded by high tide in District 8, Ho Chi Minh City, September 13, 2022. Photo: Luu Duyen / Tuoi Tre

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