High tide starting from the weekends has caused floods in many southern localities, including Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho city.
HCMC flood tides are forecast to peak at 1.66 meters and 1.68 meters at Phu An and Nha Be stations today, September 30, respectively, flooding many roads in the city, the local media reported.
In the afternoon today, flood tides are expected to top 1.67 meters and 1.66 meters at the two stations, according to the Southern Regional Hydro-Meteorological Center.
Earlier on September 29, flood tides in the city reached 1.66 meters at Phu An station and 1.65 meters at Nha Be station, exceeding alert level 3, submerging several roads.
Some areas affected by flood tides were Nguyen Van Huong Street in District 2; Ton That Thuyet, Hoang Dieu and Nguyen Khoai streets in District 4; and Tran Xuan Soan in District 7.
Similarly, Thanh Da in Binh Thanh District was flooded on the same day, bringing daily routines and business operations to a halt.
In related news, on September 29, a large embankment broke on Me Coc Street in District 8’s Ward 15, flooding the road and affecting hundreds of houses.
Pham Van Nhat, residing in District 8, told Tuoi Tre newspaper on September 29 that flood tides had caused floods for four days, but the embankment breach had made the situation worse.
Although the residents in the district had used sand bags to protect their homes, the water had still flooded their houses, Nhat noted.
On Me Coc Street, many motorcycles stalled due to the flooding, while on Kenh Ngang Bridge No. 3, hundreds of road users had to wait for the water to recede before they could cross the bridge.
Meanwhile, in the Mekong Delta region, floodwaters and flood tides from the Hau River continued to rise, leaving the center of Ninh Kieu District in Can Tho City inundated.
Tam Binh District and Ninh Minh Town in Vinh Long Province also witnessed some roads being flooded, affecting many motorbikes and cars.
Besides this, some residents in the province had to move to safer places due to the rising flood tides.
Nguyen Van Thanh, head of Road Administration Department IV, stated that the Mekong Delta region is flooded in 31 areas, mainly on National Highways 1, 53, 54 and 30. The depth of the waters averaged 20 centimeters to 0.5 meters.
The department has dispatched employees to the submerged sites to check for road safety and ensure the smooth flow of traffic, Thanh said.
Tran Xuan Soan road in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City is submerged, causing troubles for vehicles circulating on the road