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What Saigon is like after a downpour (photos, video)

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 09:59 GMT+7

An hours-long rain that lashed Ho Chi Minh City on Friday just proved how vulnerable to foul weather the southern Vietnamese metropolis is.

It goes without saying that Saigon does not need a storm to get inundated.

The lashing rain began at rush hour when people started leaving their office for home, and numerous roundabouts in the city soon experienced gridlocks.

The situation worsened between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm, when it started raining as if the city was hit by a storm.

Traffic citywide was in chaos as people rushed to escape the rain, only to see their motorbikes suffer engine breakdowns after flooded by rainwater.

On the heavily flooded Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street, thousands of vehicles of all kinds moved inch after inch, while traffic police complete gave in.

I challenge you to move

In District 9, the dike of a small canal also collapsed, allowing rainwater to flood the entire area.

Hundreds of motorbikes and cars were stuck at the area until 8:00 pm.

The city's Tan Son Nhat International Airport too was flooded, with numerous flights canceled or delayed.

The photos and video below are worth a thousand words when it comes to a vivid account of what really happened in Saigon yesterday.

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