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Flood tides threaten HCMC’s low-lying areas

By Minh Duy

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HCMC – The low-lying areas in HCMC are predicted to suffer flooding as flood tides on rivers and canals rise slowly to high levels from November 7 to 10, according to the local authority.

Water levels at stations downstream of the Saigon River and Dong Nai River will swell slowly in the next two days, the center for hydro-meteorological forecasting warned.

As high tides peak between November 9 and 11, the Phu An and Nha Be stations on the Saigon River may record water levels of 1.6-1.65 meters, exceeding warning level 3 by 0.05 meters.

Water levels at the Bien Hoa station on the Dong Nai River will reach 1.85-1.9 meters, exceeding warning level 1 by 0.05-0.1 meters.

A tidal peak may cause waterlogging and flooding in low-lying areas and the inner city along the rivers.

The local authorities are working with other relevant agencies to inspect the dykes, channels, and sluices, as well as promptly improve drainage systems and embankments to prevent flooding.

Recently, many low-lying areas and inner-city districts in HCMC have been flooded during high tides for reasons such as rising sea levels, increases in rainfall and rapid urbanization.

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