HCMC traffic turns exhaustingly crazy as roads become rivers

By Vu Phuong, Thanh Nien News

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Traffic jam at Hang Xanh crossroads in Ho Chi Minh City under the heavy rain on the night of September 15, 2015. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach Traffic jam at Hang Xanh crossroads in Ho Chi Minh City under the heavy rain on the night of September 15, 2015. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach


Many people in Ho Chi Minh City have described the heavy rain on Tuesday night as “historical,” “worst” and “suffocating” while some just gave it a swear word.
The rain, which is possibly the biggest this monsoon, sent traffic in the country’s largest city to even more chaos as it poured for hours after office time and flooded many streets by around one meter.
Nguyen Thanh Truc, who came home from work, said her motorbike stopped running after she rode down a bridge and hit a flooded road.
“Motorbike repair shops along the road were all packed with customers and I could not reach them due to the crowded vehicles. I just wanted to cry,” she said.
“Flooding in the city has never been so terrible.”
Truc spent two hours struggling to come home, while it usually takes her 15 minutes.
Another woman said she could only walk with her motorbike, and it took her half an hour to cross 100 meters.
Many vehicles, cars or motorbikes, turned off as the water flooded to their engines, and many people said they were exhausted, especially those driving children.
One woman was stuck in a flooded road while driving her two little children home from school. They were crying as the water swept away their backpacks and books, until some people helped pushing them to a higher sidewalk.
Some even fell in the strong water. 
Vehicles are stuck at Hang Xanh crossroads. Photo: Hoai Nhon
 A man falls as three of them tried to push a car through a flooded road. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach
Manholes, cars and buses created strong water and waves at many parts of the road. Photo: Vu Phuong
 A scene captured by a video posted online shows two men playing surfing.
 Nguyen Huu Canh Street is nearly one meter flooded. Photo: Hoai Nhon
 Someone has put a stick with a plastic bag to warn other people of a hole on a flooded road. Photo credit: Zing
 A man tries to shake water off his engine so he can start this motorbike again. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach
 Students wade through the water to get home after school. Photo: Hoai Nhon
 A woman tries to push her motorbike through the water so that her daughter does not have to wade. Photo credit: Zing
A man has fun on the flooded An Duong Vuong Street in Binh Tan District as water has gone into his house and he had nowhere to sleep. Photo credit: Zing
This one manages to catch a fish in front of his house in District 6. Photo credit: Zing
Many people have to stay up all night clearing water from their houses. Photo: Dao Ngoc Thach

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