Saigon City under water following ‘unprecedented’ unseasonal rain

Commuters travel on an inundated street in Ho Chi Minh City on the afternoon of April 1, 2017. - Tuoi Tre

A prolonged and heavy rain, considered “unprecedented” by a weather pundit, swept through Ho Chi Minh City in the middle of the dry season, resulting in severe flooding in many locations on the weekend.

The downpour caused traffic jams and inundation in various areas in the southern Vietnamese hub, while weather forecasters have warned that the phenomenon may recur in days to come.

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It started raining at around 2:00 pm on Saturday in many parts of the metropolis as well as in other southern provinces, namely Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Vinh Long, and Ca Mau, according to the Southern Hydro-meteorological Station.

In Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City, the heavy rain flooded many routes including Le Duc Tho, Le Van Tho, and Pham Van Chieu, forcing commuters to take shelter on the sidewalks as they waited for the water to recede.

A traffic jam on Pham Van Dong Street, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Hoang Thi, a local resident, stated that the rain was unusual in the middle of this dry season.

“The rainfall helped cool down the temperature. However, the city is often flooded whenever a heavy rain falls, causing immense challenges for commuters and local businesses,” Thi said.

On Vo Van Ngan and Duong Van Van Streets in Thu Duc District and Ho Ngoc Lam in Binh Tan District, the inundation also posed difficulty for citizens.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Urban Drainage Company, the rainfall peaked between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm in Thu Duc District, at 59.6 millimeters.

People travel on flooded Le Duc Tho Street in Go Vap District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The downpour was considered heavy and highly unusual as southern Vietnam is about to enter the peak of the dry season.

Similar phenomena also happened on Thursday last week and on February 2.

Le Thi Xuan Lan, a Ho Chi Minh City-based weather pundit, stated that unseasonal rain comes down every year, before adding that the rain on Saturday “was unprecedented.”

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, attributed the rain primarily to climate change.

Commuters travel on Nguyen Van Troi Street in Phu Nhuan District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

 

-Tuoi Tre News

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