Downpour sinks Ho Chi Minh City; heavy congestion followed

The hours-long downpour inundated many areas in District 9 and Thu Duc District while causing congestion in Tan Binh and Tan Phu Districts

The area around Rach Chiec Bridge in Thu Duc District is submerged in water.

A three-hour rain on Friday’s afternoon caused flooding and traffic congestion in many areas in eastern Ho Chi Minh City, with District 9 and Thu Duc District being the most affected.

The area surrounding the Rach Chiec Bridge in Thu Duc was submerged under 1 meter of rainwater for hours, stalling countless motorbikes with some being swept and hurled down by the torrent.

Many people had no choice but switching off their bikes’ engine and walking the vehicles over the inundated areas.

Many streets in District 9 including La Xuan Oai, Do Xuan Hop, and Le Van Viet also fell victim to the deluge, with numerous trucks stalled in the water.

Bikers and motorists had to deal with strong water currents at various hilly areas of Vo Van Ngan and To Ngoc Van Streets, with heavy flooding culminated near the Thu Duc Market.

Severe flooding was observed until 5:00 pm in several streets in Thu Duc and District 9.

While descending a steep road in front of the Saigon Hi-Tech Park in District 9, a truck lost control and capsized, with its container thrown away and the driver rushed to hospital with severe injuries.

Following the rain, various areas in Tan Binh District underwent heavy congestion with Lang Cha Ca Roundabout being the most affected.

A section of Cong Hoa Street near Hoang Hoa Tham Overpass also had congestion which was not alleviated until 8:00 pm.

Congestion did not spare the intersection of Au Co and Truong Chinh Street in Tan Phu District, causing inconvenience and annoyance to countless drivers.

A residence on Do Xuan Hop Street, District 9 is flooded.

Some locals help to push a stalled van.

Three vans are stalled on Do Xuan Hop Street, District 9.

A vehicle was stuck in the water on La Xuan Oai Street, District 9.

Workers try to remove the manhole cover to speed up the draining process.

A section on Truong Chinh Street, Tan Binh District suffers heavy congestion.

Stagnant traffic is observed on Cong Hoa Street, Tan Binh District.

Vehicles inch their way on Hoang Hoa Tham Overpass, Tan Binh District.

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