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Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos

Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


This photo of Cong Hoa Street in Tan Binh District shows what Saigon's residents woke up to on Thursday morning. The routes that suffered the most from flooding and congestion were Huynh Tan Phat and Pham Huu Lau in District 7, Nguyen Huu Canh and Nguyen Xi in Binh Thanh District and streets near Tan Son Nhat International Airport.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


"Traffic builds up every day on this road. The rain and the floods just make things worse," a local named Thao told VnExpress.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


Riders struggle through the floods on Huynh Tan Phat Street.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


This taxi driver decided to take a break with traffic stretching more than three kilometers around the intersection between Huynh Tan Phat and Nguyen Thi Thap in District 7.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


“I’m late for work and my kids are late for school,” Huynh Huu Loi in District 7 said. 


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


Meteorologists said heavy downpours in Saigon and nearby provinces are the precursor to Doksuri, a giant tropical storm that is forecast to hit Vietnam on Friday night with wind speeds of at least 118 kilometers per hour.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


Some locals in HCMC have built sandbag barriers to save their houses from the floods.


Heavy downpours leave Saigon’s traffic in chaos


The chaos lasted until 10 a.m. but is likely to return with more rains forecast in the coming days as the storm moves in on Vietnam.