Highest flood tide in 49 years leaves parts of Ho Chi Minh City submerged

Many areas of Ho Chi Minh City remain submerged after the highest flood tide in 49 years swamped the city.

Many areas of HCM City remain submerged after the highest flood tide in 49 years

According to the Southern Hydro-Meteorology Station, the water level of Saigon River at An Phu station was 1.5 meters at 5 p.m. on December 16th, lower than the previous day when the monster tide occurred.

The tide levels are forecast to subside over the next few days.

However, many streets remain flooded. The worst affected – with the highest water levels - were Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Nguyen Van Luong Street in District 6, Tran Hung Dao and Nguyen Trai streets in District 5 and Pham The Hien Street in District 8.

The high flood tide broke the banks of waterways in Nhi Binh Commune in Hoc Mon District on Tuesday, submerging dozens of hectares of farmland. Many streets in District 12 and Thu Duc were also flooded.

According to the municipal Steering Board for Flood and Storm Control, the record flood tide did not cause as much damage as other floods because tide flooding drains away faster than rain flooding.

The municipal People’s Committee and Steering Board for Flood and Storm Control has been instructing districts and precincts to take necessary measures, including monitoring key sites, and stand ready to handle any emergencies.

By Quoc Hung-Translated by Thanh Huong

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