High tide floods several residential areas in HCMC

High tide caused flooding in several residential areas such as Districts 2, 8, Thu Duc and Binh Thanh in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday.

High tide flooded Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District on October 27 (Photo: SGGP)

Phan Dinh Phung Street  in Phu Nhuan District, Luong Dinh Cua Street in District 2 and Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District resembled flowing rivers as they were submerged under 0.5 meters of floodwater.

Yesterday afternoon, the city Urban Water Drainage Company sent workers and 6 tankers to help release water from water pipes and block water pipes in Phan Dinh Phung Street in Phu Nhuan District. However, water from the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal continued to overflow on to the street, inundating it even further.

Other roads in areas like ward 22 and 28 in Binh Thanh District, Hiep Binh Phuoc and Hiep Binh Chanh ward in Thu Duc District faced a similar situation.

High tide is badly affecting the lives and daily activities of city residents.

According to the southern Hydro Meteorological Centre, high tide levels will touch 1.57 meters at the Phu An Station on the Saigon River and Nha Be Station on Dong Dien River by October 28.

The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention has asked the district people’s committees to be prepared and alert, especially in highly vulnerable locations which may get inundated by floodwaters such as in Districts 12, Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, Go Vap, Binh Chanh, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon.

Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the city People’s Committee directed the Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention, the Department of Transport and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to focus on maintaining the dykes, keep a check on the irrigation, environmental sanitation projects, construction sites and drainage works in the city.

He also asked relevant departments to relocate households from high-risk landslide prone areas to safer zones.

By D.Ly – Translated by T.Huong

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