Ho Chi Minh City calls for solutions to alarming floods

By Dinh Phu, Thanh Nien News

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A flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Pham Huu A flooded street in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Pham Huu


Ho Chi Minh City's government has asked the Department of Transport and relevant agencies to prepare a comprehensive report on the city's flood mitigation strategy and called for new solutions.
The HCMC People’s Committee requested details on the precise levels of flooding in the city, the condition of the city's drainage system and other possible reasons for the current predicament.
The city recently witnessed serious flooding caused by heavy rains and noted that some areas of the city had been submerged in up to a meter of water.
City officials further noted that the problem has had a terrible impact on public health, daily life and the flow of traffic.
Experts said the municipal drainage system is obsolete and cannot compete with rising tidal peaks. The system, they noted, was designed to cope with a maximum peak of 1.32 meters, while the tide recently hit 1.58 meters during a storm.
The city expects more heavy rains and higher tides as a result of climate change.
The government further admitted that the millions of dollars they've invested in upgrading the municipal drainage system in recent years has only reduced flooding in the city's center.

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