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Flood fears rise as river levels surge

Update: October, 07/2013 - 09:17
The tide reached 1.4 metres (alarm level 2) at 5pm on Saturday, flooding low-lying areas in Districts 2, 8, Binh Thanh, and Nha Be.— Photo toquoc

HCM CITY (VNS)— Many areas in HCM City will be flooded today when the tide on the Sai Gon River rises to an expected alarm level 3, the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station has warned.

The tide reached 1.4 metres (alarm level 2) at 5pm on Saturday, flooding low-lying areas in Districts 2, 8, Binh Thanh, and Nha Be.

It rose to 1.47 metres by 5.30pm.

The water level is expected to recede to 1.4 metres this morning before rising at 6pm to 1.51 metre, a centimetre above alarm level 3.

The tide would begin to ebb on Tuesday, the station said.

Le Thanh Hai, deputy director of the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecast Centre, said though the low pressure that had formed over the East Sea had dissipated, there would be more rain in the south, especially today's evening, which would possibly combine with the high tide to cause flooding.

The HCM City Steering Board for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control has urged district authorities in low-lying districts like Binh Thanh, Thu Duc, Cu Chi, and Hoc Mon to reinforce embankments and focus on efforts to cope with the high tide. —VNS

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