HCMC hopes to have flooding under control by 2015

Ho Chi Minh City is targeting to resolve the perennial problem of flooding caused by rainwater and high tide in the central areas of the City by 2015.

Ho Chi Minh City is targeting to resolve the perennial problem of flooding caused by rainwater and high tide in the central areas of the City by 2015.

Heavy rains and high tide regularly cause flooding in various parts of HCMC (Photo: SGGP)
Heavy rains and high tide regularly cause flooding in various parts of HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Since 2011, the city has tackled 25 out of 31 of the most highly inundated spots and is striving to control the remaining six this year.

Seventy five percent of flood areas have blocked drainage due to excess water flow, and hence unable to cope with 80mm of rainfall.

Nguyen Hoang Anh Dung, deputy director of the Steering Center for Urban Flood Control Program, said that residents have encroached around canals to build thousands of houses, which have blocked the water flow. Added to this, people dump garbage indiscriminately which has choked the drains, causing floodwaters to overflow onto streets.

More worrisome, several streets do not even have a drainage system in place like Districts 6, 8, and Binh Tan.

The city has implemented measures to resolve the above issues and provide better drainage.

Authorized organs are now speeding up progress of 12 sluice gates and canal dredging projects. They will also work to replace old and downgraded sewers and build better drainage along streets.

Construction of sluice gates along Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal, at Binh Trieu Bridge area in Binh Thanh District, is ongoing. These will help in reducing flooding in seven districts, namely, 1, 3, 10, Binh Thanh, Tan Binh, Phu Nhuan and Go Vap.

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