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In Thu Duc City, heavy rain floods street, dislodges manhole covers despite new drainage system

In Thu Duc City, heavy rain floods street, dislodges manhole covers despite new drainage system

Thursday, May 16, 2024, 13:52 GMT+7
In Thu Duc City, heavy rain floods street, dislodges manhole covers despite new drainage system
It rained heavily in Ho Chi Minh City on May 15, 2024, flooding Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc City and paralyzing traffic. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A drainage system along Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc City, an administrative district under Ho Chi Minh City, was put into operation in late April, but heavy downpours on Wednesday inundated the street and washed away manhole covers and bricks.

The situation has sparked concerns over the efficiency and quality of the system, which carried a price tag of VND248 billion (US$9.7 million).

Thu Duc Market was completely flooded, while at some sections of Alley 153 on Vo Van Ngan Street, the asphalt was seen carried away by rainwater.

Houses and stalls at the market were filled with garbage brought in by the deluge.

Rainwater floods a house near Thu Duc Market in Thu Duc City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater floods a house near Thu Duc Market in Thu Duc City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

After flood water recedes, mud is left on a street in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

After floodwater recedes, mud is left on a street in Thu Duc City, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The rain also dislodged manholes and bricks along the street, endangering commuters.

Many locals believed that the rain was the heaviest to have ever been recorded in Thu Duc City since the beginning of the year.

“Before the drainage system was put into use on Vo Van Ngan Street, the area would become inundated, but the floodwaters would recede quickly," said Kim Ngan, who lives in Linh Tay Ward.

"The rainfall on Wednesday, however, caused severe flooding."

The drainage system along Vo Van Ngan Street was expected to ease the flooding in Thu Duc Market and the surrounding area, which many consider a ‘hub of inundation.’

A 10-meter-long wall in Thu Duc City collapses after rain on May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A 10-meter-long wall in Thu Duc City collapses after a heavy rain on May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Downpours wash out bricks on a pavement on May 15, 2024. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Downpours wash out bricks on a sidewalk on May 15, 2024. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater inundates a section of Dang Thi Ranh Street in Thu Duc City on May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Rainwater inundates a section of Dang Thi Ranh Street in Thu Duc City, May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A motorcycle wades through a flooded street in Thu Duc City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

A motorcycle wades through a flooded street in Thu Duc City. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Part of the surface of Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc City cracked severely after a heavy rain on May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Part of the surface of Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc City cracks severely after a heavy rain on May 15, 2024. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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