Downpour causes flooding, traffic congestion in HCM City

10:01 04/10/2016

Several main streets in HCM City were flooded yesterday afternoon after rain fell for several hours as forecasted.

The rain, which began at 2am on Monday, caused serious traffic congestion at several main streets in the city centre and entrances to the city’s downtown area, from Hang Xanh to Dien Bien Phu Roundabout, in Binh Thanh District.

Traffic jams affected most districts in the city’s centre. Several streets including Luong Dinh Cua in District 2, Huynh Tan Phat in District 7 and Do Xuan Hop in District 9 and others were flooded.    

Reports from Voice of Vietnam's traffic channel announced that streets in more than eight out of 24 districts in the city faced traffic congestion and flooding.

Tran Van Đang and Cach Mang Thang Tam Streets in District 3, as well as Nguyen Huu Tho in District 7 faced traffic jams. 

In Tan Binh District, Truong Chinh and Cong Hpa streets and the area near Tan Son Nhat International Airport were congested.

A week ago, heavy rains caused historic flooding, the worst in 40 years, and traffic congestion in the city.

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, a tropical low pressure area yesterday afternoon located in the southern part of the Paracel Archipelago caused rain in several central and southern provinces, including Long An and Cà Mau.

The forecast also said the tides on the Saigon River are expected to rise to the level of 1.4 metres within a few days. 

Le Dinh Quyet, deputy head of the Southern Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting’s Forecast Department, said heavy rain was also reported in Long An’s Duc Hoa and Duc Huedistricts.

The rain also fell in outlying areas of Cu Chi, Hoc Mon and Thu Duc districts in HCM City.

Heavy rain was reported in Thuan An and Di An Towns and Thu Dau Mot City in Binh Duong Province and Bien Hoa City. Rainfall was estimated at 30-50mm, Quyet said. 

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