Building residents upset after 200 vehicles damaged in basement flooding

By Trung Hieu, Thanh Nien News

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A photo provided by a Green Hills resident shows his car in the building's flooded basement on September 15, 2015.
A photo provided by a Green Hills resident shows his car in the building's flooded basement on September 15, 2015.

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Residents at an apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City have complained that severe flooding last week damaged more than 200 vehicles parked in the basement.
Green Hills residents in Binh Tan District are still counting their losses, but they estimated the total damage caused to their cars and motorbikes at more than US$100,000.
Two hours of 142 mm rain, the heaviest in the city this year, on September 15 triggered flooding across the city.
Truong Ngoc Son, a man living in the building, said his new Toyota was heavily damaged after being submerged.
“The company said it would cost around VND610 million (US$27,000) to fix the car,” Son said at a meeting on Sunday with the building’s manager.
Son said he has already spent VND1.6 million to fix a motorbike and will have to spend a lot more to repair the floor and buy new furniture for his apartment, which is on the first floor and was flooded.
“I even had to ask the building’s guards to help make some holes on the walls to get rid off the water that night,” he said.
Nine other cars were affected by the flooding. 
Le Dinh Dat, chief manager of the building, said he first arranged machines to pump water out of the basement, but after the water rose to one meter after an hour, he had to cut the power to prevent short circuits.
Lawyers said the developer of the building is responsible for all the damage.
The South Korean developer IDE of the company did not send any representatives to the meeting on Sunday.

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