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SCFC: Heavy rain submerges 10 streets in HCMC
Le Anh
Thursday,  May 24, 2018,16:22 (GMT+7)

SCFC: Heavy rain submerges 10 streets in HCMC

Le Anh

Heavy rain submerges Nguyen Xi Street in Binh Thanh District - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC – Torrential rain in the last few days has submerged 10 streets in HCMC, according to statistics of the HCMC Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program (SCFC).

At a press conference held by the HCMC Department of Transport and SCFC on May 22, Do Tan Long, head of the rainwater drainage division at SCFC, said last Saturday’s rain was the heaviest in the city since the start of the rainy season, but a mere 10 streets were submerged under 0.1-0.25 meter of water and on 22 others, rainwater receded slowly.

On Ung Van Khiem, Dinh Bo Linh, Street No. 26, Cay Tram, Phan Huy Ich, Nguyen Xi and Quoc Huong streets, rainwater receded in 30 minutes to three hours after rain. The duration was five hours on Huynh Tan Phat, An Duong Vuong and Phan Anh streets.

Rainwater was reported to stagnate on Mai Thi Luu, To Hien Thanh, Truong Son, Le Quang Sung, Ton That Hiep, Pham Van Chieu, Le Duc Tho, Le Van Tho, Kha Van Can, Ho Van Tu, Duong Van Cam, Ho Hoc Lam, An Duong Vuong, Chanh Hung, Phan Van Hon and Nguyen Van Qua streets and National Highway 1A.

Given public doubts about SCFC’s statistics, Long said the center collected data based on the Ministry of Construction’s regulations.

Particularly, water levels will be measured 30 minutes after rain. If streets have average water levels of less than 0.1 meter, they will not be treated as flooded roads.

According to the HCMC Department of Transport, commuters had difficulty traveling on flooded streets due to the downpour last Saturday together with high tides.

HCMC currently has 8,590 roads, with 3,000 of them without drainage systems, mainly in districts 12, Thu Duc, Binh Chanh and Nha Be.

The city needs VND96.3 trillion (US$4.2 billion) for a flood control plan in 2016-2020. SCFC and relevant departments and agencies are seeking capital for the plan.

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