Gushing high tide waters caused a breach along a 3m section of the Saigon River dyke, inundating several houses and flowing over Road No.7 in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward of Thu Duc District in Ho Chi Minh City Sunday morning.
|High tide waters flowed into people’s homes in Hiep Binh Phuoc Ward of Thu Duc District in HCMC on December 25 (Photo: nld)|
Soon upon hearing of the breach, residents and local authorities rushed to fortify the dyke along the U Lo Canal and pumped water out of residential areas. They managed to bring the situation under control by noon on the same day.
According to the Southern Regional Hydro Meteorological Center, the high tide is surging to dangerously high levels at the lower sections of the Saigon River and in the city canals, to remain so for at least the next three days.
High tide will touch peak levels of 1.59m sometime today at the Phu An Station on the Saigon River and 1.56m at the Nha Be Station on the Dong Dien River.
In related news, Pham Van Re, chairman of Duyen Hai District in the Mekong delta province of Tra Vinh said high tide and big waves had breached a 3km dyke in the district, causing an immense amount of damage.
Hardest hit was Con Trung Hamlet in Truong Long Hoa Commune where sea waves completely destroyed 2km of the dyke, causing complete destruction of 10 hectares of watermelon crop intended for sale during Tet, and flooded 164 households.
Hundred meters of a dyke collapsed in Mu U Hamlet of Nhon Thanh Commune causing floodwaters to submerge tens of hectares of watermelon, onion and peanut crops, grown especially for the Tet Lunar New Year.
Huge sea waves also flowed over a dyke in Bao Hamlet of Hiep Thanh Commune to devastate crops and shrimp breeding ponds.
Provincial leaders mobilized hundreds of police, army officials and local residents to evacuate households from highly prone areas, help in repair of the dyke, salvage people’s belongings and harvest what was left of the vegetable crops.