Foreigners praised for helping Saigon drivers on flooded road

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As people in Ho Chi Minh City struggled to bring their vehicles out of flooded roads after a heavy downpour on Tuesday night, two foreign men won a lot of love from locals for helping out.
A video captured by one motorbike driver who was stuck in the bad traffic showed the young men wading into the deep water and helping people carry their motorbikes in District 12.
Some Vietnamese were also seen among the rescue force, although some people reportedly demanded some money in exchange for their help. 
Van Hop, who took the video on his phone, told news website Zing that many vehicles broke down as the area submerged in at least one meter of water.
The 21-year-old said: “I was moved by the kind act.” He said he himself was stuck with his motorbike for more than one hour and could not join the foreigners. 
Other young Vietnamese who knew about the video also said that the foreigners deserve praises and even rewards.
Many streets across the city were flooded on Tuesday night as rains of 142 mm, the heaviest this year, lasted more than two hours.
City officials said local sewer system is only designed for around half of that rainfall.
As the downpour happened right after office hours, it led to severe traffic jams that stalled many people for hours.

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