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HCM City braces for very high tides

Update: September, 17/2012 - 10:12

HCM CITY (VNS)— An extreme high tide forecast for today and tomorrow in HCM City is likely to cause floods in parts of the city.

According to the Weather Hydrometeorology Station for the Southern Region, the Sai Gon River will rise up to 1.43 metres which is above the warning level II.

In addition, due to a low pressure system associated with the southwest monsoon in the East Sea, the southern region, including HCM City, will continue to experience heavy downpours during the next several days.

Seas off the coast running from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau provinces will experience heavy rain and strong winds of 49kph.

HCM City's Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention has required district People's Committees to prepare for floods and alert people high tide times, especially in highly vulnerable locations which may be inundated by floodwaters in District 12 and Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Cu Chi and Hoc Mon districts.

Relevant agencies such as anti-flooding and irrigation departments were asked to work closely with local authorities to arrange and operate pumping stations to discharge water to minimise flood waters in the city.

Last Saturday, a heavy downpour during high tide inundated many roads in HCM City.

Bad weather also destroyed many crops. In southernmost Ca Mau Province, a whirlwind occurred and damaged several houses. Vessels operating off the coast from central Phu Yen Province to Ca Mau and the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago were forced to find shelter. — VNS

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