Many inner-city roads faced acute waterlogging, causing hassles for motorists and motorbike drivers after a three-hour-long rain in Thai Nguyen City, located in the northern Vietnamese province of the same name, on Saturday morning.
Do Thang, a native in this northern mountainous city, said it started to rain at 9:30 am and showed no signs of abating as of 12:00 pm the same day.
“Flooding frequently hits city roads when it rains heavily," Thang said.
“Local residents are clearing trash at sewer entrances to quickly drain the flooded streets.
“Floodwater drains rapidly in this upland city."
These roads were also inundated during two previous downpours on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
The national weather center forecast that heavy rains packing thunderstorms and lightning will continue to hit Thai Nguyen and other northern provinces until next Thursday.
|A heavy rain on August 3, 2023 also left many roads in Thai Nguyen City inundated. Photo: Do Thang / Tuoi Tre News|
Hence, the national steering committee for natural disaster prevention and control on Tuesday asked local authorities nationwide to urgently prepare for torrential rains and possible flooding, flash floods, and landslides.
They were told to dispatch forces to vulnerable areas such as riverside and low-lying regions to get ready for evacuation and rescue efforts; regulate traffic flows and set up warning signs at flooding- and landslide-prone locations; adopt measures to protect farming land and combat flooding in urban areas and industrial parks.