(VOV) - After slamming into the southern coast on April 1, tropical storm Pakhar weakened quickly and caused great property damage to the south-eastern region.
In Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest economic hub, torrential rains accompanied by strong winds brought down many big trees, flooded major roads, and caused a power outage for several hours.
Strong winds uprooted big trees on Le Duan, Nguyen Du, Dinh Tien Hoang, Nguyen Van Thu, Nguyen Trai, and Truong Dinh in districts 1, 3, 5, as well as in Tao Dan and April 30 parks.
A motorcycle driver was seriously injured and hospitalised after a big tree on Nguyen Van Linh road fell down on him.
Scaffolding structures of construction projects on Thai Van Lung, Vo Van Ngan and Ta Quang Buu collapsed, and several roads were condoned off by local police and militiamen to ensure traffic safety.
Torrential rains also caused widespread flooding in districts 7, 9, 12, Tan Binh and Thu Duc, with many places 10-30cm deep under water.
In the evening, several districts suffered from a power blackout for several hours. At 22.00 power workers were working hard to restore electricity in districts 1, 3 and Nha Be.
In Can Gio district alone, four houses collapsed, 16 others had roofs blown off, 11 vessels sank and another was washed away.
More than 2,000 local residents living in flood-prone areas of Can Gio district had moved to cultural houses and schools before the storm made landfall.
At 21.00 Binh Khanh ferry station linking Can Gio and Nha Be districts resumed operation to clear traffic congestion between the two ends.
(To be continued)