River tide inundates parts of HCMC

A high tide on the Sai Gon River November 5 punched holes in the dike, badly flooding some districts in Ho Chi Minh City.

A high tide on the Sai Gon River flooded this nursery school in Thanh Loc Ward in HCMC’s District 12 on November 5. (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

In Thu Duc District, 600 houses in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward were submerged under a meter of water after a five meter section of the Rach Dia canal embankment was breached.

Water also flowed over the dikes along the river and U Lo and Cau Duc Nho canals to inundate more houses in the same ward.

In District 12, some sections of the river dike in An Phu Dong and Thanh Loc Wards were also breached leaving many homes submerged.

Nguyen Tuong Minh, deputy chairman of the district People’s Committee, said the dike was repaired by 10am the same day.

The HCMC Flood Prevention Center and the city Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention coordinated with authorities in Districts 12, Thu Duc, Go Vap, and Binh Thanh to repair the dike.

According to the Southern Region Hydro Meteorological Forecast Center, the tide would remain high for the next few days.

At Phu An Station on the Saigon River, it is forecast to be between 1.48 and 1.50m as a result of which some areas like Thanh Loc Ward in District 12 and Hiep Binh Phuoc, Hiep Binh Chanh, Tam Binh, and Linh Dong Wards in Thu Duc District would continue to be flooded.

By staff writers – Translated by Hai Mien

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