Heavy rains cause flashfloods once again

Recent heavy rains provided a reprieve from the heat wave, but have flooded roads, causing traffic jams and have exacerbated the pollution in Ho Chi Minh City.

Recent heavy rains provided a reprieve from the heat wave, but have flooded roads, causing traffic jams and have exacerbated the pollution in Ho Chi Minh City.

One hour of heavy rain on June 15 flooded many streets in Ho Chi Minh City, including Ky Dong – Ba Huyen Thanh Quan crossroads in district 3, Hong Bang, Nguyen Van Luong streets, district 6, creating several severe traffic congestion.

Heavy rains on June 14 causes flashfloods in Kinh Duong Vuong Street, District 6. (Photo:SGGP)

Heavy rains on June 14 causes flashfloods in Kinh Duong Vuong Street, District 6. (Photo:SGGP)

Drainage systems were installed in the Tan Hoa – Lo Gom areas around Nguyen Van Luong Street, District 6; however, the downpours of June 14-15 caused floods nonetheless, creating a stressful situation for commuters.

According to Do Tan Long, head of the Center’s Drainage System Management, many older drainage pipes have yet to be connected to the major system, although installation of the new pipes has been completed.

In addition, Saigon Water Corporation’s D1.500 water supply pipe system management slowly moved a D1500 pipe, the main obstruction causing recent floods, Long said. Therefore, people in the areas will suffer much from flooding every heavy rain or high tide.

According to the city’s Center for Flood Prevention’s report from early June, many flood prevention projects in the city such as the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Basin's environment clean-up project, the East-West Highway and Water Environment project have failed to prevent floods. It warned that the destruction of branch pipes across the street was bound to worsen inner city flooding on rainy days and more places would be vulnerable to heavy inundation.

To tackle the problem, the city People’s Committee asked contractors and execution units to repair road works, which affect the city’s drainage system.

City authorities were also asked to repair sullage pits in major streets such as Ly Thuong Kiet, 3 February, To Hien Thanh and August Revolution.

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