Saigon submerged following torrential rain for 2nd time this week

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 05/21/2017 10:27 GMT + 7

A prolonged deluge early in the rainy season swept through Ho Chi Minh City, resulting in severe flooding in many locations on Saturday, the second time this week.

The two-hour-long downpour caused congestion and inundation in various areas in the southern Vietnamese hub.

As observed by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, sections of Le Van Viet Street in District 9 sank under 0.5 meters of rainwater, causing motorbikes to break down.

Learning from previous ‘experience,’ many motorcyclists caused chaos mounting their vehicles on the sidewalks to stop their engines from failing.

La Xuan Oai, Duong Dinh Hoi, and Do Xuan Hop Streets also fell victim to the deluge on the weekend, with a few sections submerged under nearly one meter of floodwater.

Vo Van Ngan Street, the roundabout near Thu Duc Market, and To Ngoc Van-Pham Van Dong Intersection in the outlying district of Thu Duc saw raging currents, entailing sewage oozing from manholes.

Commuters had to take shelter on the sidewalks as they waited for the rainwater to recede.

Such streets as Quoc Huong and Nguyen Van Huong in District 2 were also inundated, posing immense difficulty for locals and commuters.

Residents in many areas in the suburban district of Binh Chanh had a joyless weekend as they had to move their furniture and even pets to higher spots as rainwater gushed into their homes.

Several households in the district’s Binh Hung Commune were still seen struggling to pump or bail rainwater out of their homes at 8:00 pm.

“My entire house is flooded. We are confined to the upper floor and buy ready-made food as we can’t cook in the swamped kitchen,” Le Phuoc Hung, a local resident, lamented.

A torrential rain on Friday afternoon also left many streets seriously flooded, causing a lot of motorbikes to break down amid rainwater.

Leaders in District 9 showed up at severely flooded sections on Do Xuan Hop Street to instruct workers to open manhole lids and facilitate water flow.

They also convened a meeting with relevant agencies to work out measures to combat flooding the following morning.

A young woman and her brother are pictured struggling to push their bike through the raging currents. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Serious flooded sections pose immense difficulty for commuters. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A flooded section on Nguyen Van Huong Street, District 2. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Quoc Huong near Thao Dien Market, District 2, also suffered worrying inundation. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Rainwater submerges a 200-m section on Street 79, District 9. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Le Phuoc Hung’s family is confined to their first floor as the ground floor is inundated. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man is pictured bailing rainwater out of his home. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A dwelling gets flooded in Binh Hung Commune, Binh Chanh District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A man is seen pumping out rainwater from his home. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two dogs are confined to a desk in a dwelling in Binh Chanh District. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young man makes do with a hasty dinner bought outside as his kitchen was flooded. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Many houses in Binh Hung Commune, Binh Chanh District were isolated during and after the downpour. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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