Though the highest recorded high tide is now slowly receding, floodwaters still continued to inundate streets and homes in low lying areas of Ho Chi Minh City on Monday.
|People bailing out floodwater from homes and shops in Phu Dinh Wharf area in District 8,HCMC (Photo: SGGP)|
Thousands of vehicles and people waded through flooded streets, with students and office-goers trying to reach their destination on Monday morning.
Highway 13, Kha Van Can Street in Thu Duc District, Luong Dinh Cua Street in District 2, Vo Duy Ninh, Ngo Tat To and Nguyen Huu Canh in Binh Thanh District were particularly congested.
The worst flooding was on Luong Dinh Cua Street, where hundreds of motorcycles broke down causing a chaotic traffic jam near the Thu Thiem Bridge.
According to the Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention, during the high tide end October, some dyke sections in HCMC were breached in Binh Thanh and Thu Duc Districts and elsewhere causing floodwaters to overflow into the city.
In related news, 2,000 households of Thuan An town in the neighboring province of Binh Duong were affected by high tide from the Saigon River last month end.
Over the last several days, high tide submerged several houses near Nha Mat, Ganh Hao and Cai Cung Harbors in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu.
Lai Thanh An, chief officer of the provincial Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention said that hundreds of households in these areas were still struggling with floodwaters.
Huynh Thanh Tan from Nha Mat Ward in Bac Lieu town said he had never seen such high flood levels in 50 years!
The provincial Hydro Meteorological Center said that the unusually high tide together with strong winds and high surf waves have caused landslides in some places.
This has been the highest tide experienced in the last 20 years.