|Heavy rains are causing traffic congestion in Nguyễn Trãi Street in Thanh Xuân District. – Photo vietnamnet.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Torrential rain has been hitting several parts of Hà Nội since early this morning, after a long heat wave, raising the risk of flooding in many streets.
The National Hydro-meteorological Forecast Centre said the rain was likely to cause flooding of up to 0.1m to 0.3m in many streets in the inner districts. The districts facing a high risk of flooding include Cầu Giấy, Ba Đình, Đống Đa and Hà Đông.
Some streets in Hoàn Kiếm District such as Phan Bội Châu and Lý Thường Kiệt have already been hit by flooding.
The Hà Nội Water Drainage Company has sent workers to the affected areas and those prone to flooding to check the sewage systems and manholes to clear waste that block the flow of water.
Heavy rains also caused traffic chaos. Traffic congestion reportedly affected several streets such as Nguyễn Trãi in Thanh Xuân District and Tố Hữu in Hà Đông District. Traffic police have been mobilised in areas at high risk to guide vehicles.
The rain has helped to cool down the capital city, with the temperature dropping to 28 to 31 degrees Celsius from 35 to 38 degrees Celsius over the past few days. — VNS