|Heavy rains flooded Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street in HCM City’s Bình Thạnh District last week. — VNS File Photo.|
HCM CITY — HCM City agencies have taken measures to combat floods after heavy rains flooded several areas in the city on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The area around the intersection of Tô Ngọc Vân and Phạm Văn Đồng streets in Thủ Đức District was submerged under 30cm flood water, causing traffic problems, according to the HCM City Urban Drainage Company Ltd.
Similarly, a stretch of Lê Văn Việt Street from Hà Nội Expressway and Lê Lợi Street in District 9 was under 30cm of water, while Lã Xuân Oai Street (from Man Thiện Street to Street No 379) was 50cm under water. The flooding was so bad that motorbikes could not enter these areas.
The city faces floods at 40 flood-prone spots, and relevant agencies have taken measures to combat floods at 22 spots.
Flood prevention project
To minimise the impact of this year’s floods, the HCM City Urban Drainage Company Ltd has taken effort to complete work at eight sub-projects to combat floods at eight spots at Mễ Cốc No 2 in District 8, Lưu Hữu Phước and Lương Định Của streets in District 2; Tôn Thất Hiệp and Hồ Văn Tư streets in District 11; Trương Vĩnh Ký Street in Tân Phú District; An Dương Vương Street in District 6; and a spot on Huỳnh Tấn Phát Street in District 7.
In 2018, floods are expected to be controlled on 13 of these streets, while construction of flood-control facilities on National Highway No 1A, National Highway No 13 and Hồ Học Lãm Street will be completed after 2020, according to the company.
The company has repaired flood-control facilities and dredged water drainage systems at the flood-prone spots.
As of March 2018, the HCM City Urban Drainage Co. had dredged nearly 310,000km of flood-control dams, and dredged 3,329km of canals and dykes.
In addition, pumps with a capacity of up to 96,000 cubic metres per hour have been rented to pump floodwaters from Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh Street in Bình Thạnh District, the management centre said.
Meanwhile, the management centre of the HCM City flood-combating programme is operating 56 pumps, with each having the capacity of 168 to 84,000cu.m of water per hour during rains and high tides.
It is also operating 1,077 tide-control culverts, including Bình Lợi, Bình Triệu, Rạch Lăng, Rạch Nhảy – Ruột Ngựa, and Nhiêu Lộc – Thị Nghè. — VNS
Eighteen flood-prone spots in HCM City include areas on Huỳnh Tấn Phát and Tân Quý streets (in District 7); Lê Đức Thọ and Quang Trung streets (in Gò Vấp District); Bạch Đằng and Hồ Học Lãm streets; Highway No 13; Kha Vạn Cân Street, a stretch of National Highway in Bình Tân and Bình Chánh districts; Ba Vân, Mai Thị Lựu, Bàu Cát and Trương Công Định streets in Tân Bình District; Nguyễn Hữu Cảnh, Đinh Bộ Lĩnh, Nguyễn Xí, Ung Vănh Khiêm, Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh, Phan Đăng Lưu and Bạch Đằng streets and Văn Thánh area in Bình Thạnh District; Lương Định Của and Nguyễn Duy Trinh areas in District 2; and Đồ Xuân Hợp and Lê Văn Việt streets and Hà Nội Expressway in District 9.