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Vehicles trapped in flooded tunnel after downpour in southern Vietnam

Vehicles trapped in flooded tunnel after downpour in southern Vietnam

Friday, July 14, 2023, 12:00 GMT+7
Vehicles trapped in flooded tunnel after downpour in southern Vietnam
A car is submerged under water in the Tan Phong Tunnel in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, July 13, 2023. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

A downpour caused serious flooding in the Tan Phong tunnel in southern Vietnam’s Dong Nai on Thursday evening, trapping several vehicles and forcing drivers to call on rescue vehicles for help. 

Several areas in Dong Nai’s Bien Hoa City began experiencing heavy rains at around 8:00 pm on Thursday, resulting in serious traffic congestion.

The Tan Phong Tunnel, which runs along flood-prone Dong Khoi Street, was nearly half a meter under water, causing cars and motorbikes to break down and forcing many drivers to call tow trucks.

A rescue vehicle tows a car after it was submerged under water in the Tan Phong Tunnel in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam on July 13, 2023. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

A rescue vehicle tows a car after it was submerged under water in the Tan Phong Tunnel in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, July 13, 2023. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

Many commuters on motorbikes were pushed to the ground by the flooding, while others encountered engine breakdowns.

The Tan Phong Tunnel in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam was about half a meter under water due to heavy rain on July 13, 2023. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

The Tan Phong Tunnel in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam was about half a meter under water due to heavy rain on July 13, 2023. Photo: An Binh / Tuoi Tre

At around 10:00 pm the same day, the rainwater gradually ebbed, but traffic congestion in the area was still heavy as the tunnel had not yet drained.

The southern province has seen medium to heavy downpours in recent days, according to a provincial weather center official.

On Thursday evening alone, rainfall reached 26mm in Bien Hoa City and 13mm in Trang Bom and Cam My Districts.​

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