Heavy rains flood HCM City streets

Recent heavy rains have once again flooded many streets in Ho Chi Minh City, causing traffic jams and environmental pollution May 7. On the same day, the National Meteorology and Hydrology Forecasting Center announced the year’s first storm had moved away from the mainland.

Le Hong Phong Street, District 10, was flooded by 30 centimeters. (Photo: SGGP)

One hours of heavy rain flooded many streets in Ho Chi Minh City, including Le Hong Phong – Tran Phu and Ly Thai To streets, District 10, which were between 20-30 centimeters under water, creating severe traffic jams.

The deepest floods occurred in Bau Cat area, Tan Binh district including Pham Phu Thu, Thoai Ngoc Hau, and Truong Dinh streets. Many motorbikes suffered engine failure due to the water levels.

Many streets, such as Nguyen Thi Nho, Ha Ton Quyen, Minh Phung streets in districts 5, 6 and 11 were half a meter under water.

According to the Southern Meteorology and Hydrology Forecasting Center, the year’s first storm has veered off and will not directly affect the mainland.

The storm has attracted low-pressure zones, creating southwesterly winds, with heavy rains forecast for southern provinces in coming days.

The National Meteorology and Hydrology Forecasting Center said the year’s first storm formed off the Philippines, 300 kilometers from Luzon Island, with level 15 winds.

Though the storm has not affected Vietnam, the strong winds may bring heavy thunder storms in the next 24 hours.

In related news, on the same day, 328 Border Port Steering Committee said 11 fishermen were caught in storms around Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands, but were rescued and taken to safety.

By staff writers – Translated by Thanh Huong

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