Downpours kill one in Ho Chi Minh City

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One person was killed during the torrential rains that hit Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.


The man in his thirties fell into a drain and drowned while riding his bike in Thu Duc District.


Witnesses said the water flow was so strong that another two men almost fell into the drain when trying to rescue the victim.


The man, who is yet to be identified, was found dead 30 minutes later. Police said he drowned.

The evening the rain went on for hours and brought 124mm of rainfall, the heaviest this year, according to the HCMC Center for Executing Flood Prevention Programs.

Flood tides also rose, reaching 1.48 meters in some areas, it reported.


The heavy rains together with high flood tides flooded more than 40 locations across the city, mainly in Binh Thanh District, Do Tan Long, chief of the center's Drainage System Management Department, said.


In other news, at least 66 were killed, 17 went missing and 75 were injured in floods caused by torrential rains that hit the central region last month, the Central Committee for Storms and Floods Control reported Monday.


Property losses, meanwhile, have reached VND2.562 trillion (US$131.4 million) in total, it said.

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