A torrential rain began late Tuesday afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City and lasted well into the night, submerging many areas beneath up to over one meter of water, blocking traffic and causing numerous vehicles to break down.
The prolonged rain, which turned a lot of streets into ‘rivers,’ was the heaviest ever in the city so far this year, news website VnExpress cited the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station as saying.
Many houses in alleys or on streets in various districts were also flooded during the rain.
At 5:00 pm yesterday, many streets around the Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station in Binh Thanh District were deeply submerged.
Two young people are seen trying to push their motorbike through a seriously submerged section of Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on the evening of September 15, 2015.
On Nguyen Xi Street, floodwater rose to the knees of walkers and myriad motorbikes broke down.
Similar scenes were seen on many other streets, such as Kha Van Can and Linh Dong in Thu Duc District; Phan Van Hon in Hoc Mon District; Ap Chien Luoc in Binh Tan District; Bach Dang, Chu Van An, Phan Dang Luu and No Trang Long in Binh Thanh District; and the Hanoi highway section at the Rach Chiec Bridge in District 2.
Notably, Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh, spanning from the Saigon Bridge to the Thu Thiem Bridge, sank under about one meter of water, driving all vehicles to shut off.
A driver tries to get through a heavily flooded section of Nguyen Huu Canh Street.
Meanwhile, the rainwater on Phan Anh and To Hieu Streets in Tan Phu District rose to more than one meter from the street surface, according to news website Dan Tri.
At 8:00 pm, Dinh Bo Linh Street in Binh Thanh was still under 0.5 meters of water, causing congestion that stretched for 2km to the Binh Trieu Crossroads in Thu Duc.
A serious traffic jam also took place on the section of Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street that runs from the Hang Xanh Roundabout to the Eastern Bus Station.
A house in Binh Thanh District is pictured submerged during the prolonged rain.
Around 10:00 pm, thousands of people were still struggling to get through heavily flooded streets to go home from work.
The rainfall yesterday was recorded at 116mm at the Bong Bridge in District 1, 72mm on Quang Trung Street in Go Vap District, 78mm on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 11, 105mm in An Lac Ward in Binh Tan District, and 83mm on Phan Van Khoe Street in District 6, the Urban Drainage One-Member Co. Ltd. said.
Many people on many submerged streets took advantage of the flooding to earn money by helping drivers take their vehicles out of the floodwaters for VND20,000-50,000 (US$0.9-2.22) per motorbike and VND100,000-200,000 ($4.5-9) per car.
A serious traffic jam at the Hang Xanh Crossroads in Binh Thanh District.
“This is the heaviest rain that has ever poured down the city so far this year,” a representative of the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station told VnExpress.
The station also forecast the weather in the city to remain bad today, September 16, with possible heavy rains and thunderstorms, together with gusts and vortexes, the news website said.
Below are some other photos taken by VnExpress of the flooding and congestion caused by the prolonged rain yesterday evening: