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Rain, high tide submerge Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, October 17, 2016, 12:00 GMT+7

At least 18 streets in Ho Chi Minh City were flooded by prolonged downpours and a rising tide on Sunday, with the water level expected to rise again on Monday.

Rain began in the early evening, inundating several streets and houses in the southern hub and creating difficulties for commuters and local residents.

According to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, at 5:30 pm people were still struggling with floodwater along several routes, including National Highway 13, Hiep Binh and Kha Van Can Streets in Thu Duc District, Nguyen Huu Canh and Xo Viet Nghe Tinh in Binh Thanh District, among others.

Huynh Tan Phat Street in District 7 and Luong Dinh Cua and Tran Nao Roads in District 2 suffered the most serious floods.

Floodwater caused multiple vehicles to break down, resulting in traffic congestion along many streets, while some commuters were forced to take a break along the sidewalks of other routes because of the strength of the torrents of water that had formed.

A serious traffic jam also occurred at the Rach Chiec Bridge after a large number of motorbike engines were damaged by knee-high water, resulting in people parking their vehicles along the structure and waiting for repairs.

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Members of a family in Ho Chi Minh City scoop floodwater out of their house. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Houses along Thanh Da Street in Binh Thanh District were also submerged, affecting the lives of local residents.

Employees from the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Drainage Company were dispatched to flooded areas to dredge rubbish at sewer entrances.

According to the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station, the water level of the Saigon River was at 1.61 meters, flooding at least 18 streets across the city.

Floodwater on most routes had receded by around 9:00 pm the same day.

High tide is expected to continue impacting the southern metropolis on Monday with water levels expected to peak at 1.66 meters high at around 6:00 pm.

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