A downpour late Tuesday afternoon in Ho Chi Minh City caused many flights headed for the city to be diverted while several others were also unable to take off.
A Vietnam Airlines spokesperson said many flights at Vietnam’s busiest airport were delayed due to heavy rain from 5 p.m.
Six of his carrier’s flights had to be diverted to Phnom Penh and Cam Ranh, he said.
Two Jetstar Pacific flights were diverted to Phu Quoc and Cam Ranh while four others had to circle around to wait for better weather.
Vietjet Air also diverted five flights to Can Tho and Phu Quoc.
All flights arrived at Tan Son Nhat later in the day.
Gridlock on Ho Chi Minh City's Hanoi Highway on May 17 as rain pelted down. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong
The heavy rain also led to traffic jams on major thoroughfares as people returned home from work. It was particularly bad on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street and Hanoi Highway, with the gridlock lasting several hours.
According to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, the rainy season has arrived in the south and the Central Highlands with scattered rains.
Torrential rains are forecast in the southern region from May 19 to 22, and could become heavier just afterwards.