|Heavy rains flood tunnels at Bình Triệu Bridge on Wednesday morning. — Photo: tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — Heavy rainfall that lasted for a few hours in the early Wednesday morning flooded several streets and alleys in HCM City.
Flooding occurred on Phạm Văn Đồng Street and Nguyễn Xí Street in Bình Thạnh District, and Phan Văn Trị Street in Gò Vấp District. Tree branches also fell on the roads.
Numerous alleys in these areas were also flooded, even though water drainage systems along the roads have been upgraded.
Tunnels at Bình Triệu Bridge in Bình Thạnh District and Khánh Hội Bridge in District 4 also flooded.
Many vehicles broke down while travelling through deeply flooded areas.
Hùng, a resident living on Nguyễn Xí Street, told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that he saw rainwater mixed with oil on one road.
Many residents are concerned about flooding as the rainy season is about to begin.
The South is currently in the transition period between the dry and rainy season. Heavy rains now are usually accompanied with thunder and thunderstorms, according to the Southern Hydro-Meteorological Station.
The beginning of the rainy season in the southern region is from around May 5-15.
From now to May 6, the weather throughout the country will be sunny with rains occurring mainly in the evening, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Heavy rains could be accompanied by strong winds, the centre said. — VNS