Dozens of streets in Ho Chi Minh City were submerged in more than half a meter of water after a heavy two-hour downpour on Tuesday afternoon.
The flooding caused traffic chaos during the afternoon rush hour, with flooding on some streets taking hours to subside.
Early reports indicate 35 major streets were inundated by floodwater after 90 millimeters of rain was dumped on the city in just two hours, said Do Tan Long, head of a water drainage agency.
The city’s District 6 was the worst affected area, with Minh Phung, Chau Van Liem and Nguyen Van Luong streets transformed into canals.
No vehicles could travel along the three streets for at least two hours after the rain stopped.
A section of Phan Dinh Phung Street in Phu Nhuan District was 50 centimeters underwater and sandbags and wooden planks were used to prevent homes from being flooded.
Streets around Hoang Van Thu Park in Tan Binh District, including Nguyen Van Troi, Phan Dinh Giot and Hoang Van Thu streets, were packed with vehicles caught in the flood.
The Water Drainage Company of HCMC installed an extra 45 pumping stations in flooded areas to speed up water drainage.
Traffic police and the military were deployed to assist traffic caught in the waterlogged peak hour.
Flooding is a regular occurrence in Vietnam’s major cities, especially after heavy rain and during high tides. In HCMC, work is underway on a comprehensive flood prevention program, with hundreds of streets dug up to upgrade the city’s drainage system.
The drainage upgrade program is due to be completed in three years.