Five Decade-High Tides Submerge Southern Viet Nam

The record tide at Dong Nai and Sai Gon rivers will continue to bring more flooding to southern Viet Nam as it is forecast to reach its peak this afternoon, reported the Southern Hydrometeorology Station.

Floodwaters submerge a road in Thu Duc District, HCMC

The tide which is estimated to be the highest in the last 48 years has been running riot in Ho Chi Minh City and many neighboring areas. The city's Districts 2,6,7,8, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, and Thu Duc are among the hardest-hit.

Flooding has put many roads 30-50 centimeters underwater and brought traffic to a standstill.

The swollen waters also took a great toll on local businesses and private properties as dike systems in Can Tho City, Soc Trang and Ben Tre Provinces were badly damaged by flooding and landslides. Thousands of hectares of farm produce have been submerged while tons of fish swept away from local fish farms.

Local officials are working around the clock to repair the damaged dikes and help local residents resume their business. The high tide is forecast to subside tomorrow but floodwaters is expected to remain for the next three to four days. 

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By Staff Writers – Translated by Khanh Hong

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