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Hanoi flooded after heavy downpours

22:06 | 17/08/2020

Torrential rains on August 17 afternoon flooded Hanoi, causing major traffic chaos and leaving low-lying areas submerged for hours.

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Dinh Tien Hoang Street was deep under water. Photo: VnExpress

Torrential rains on August 17 afternoon flooded Hanoi, causing major traffic chaos and leaving low-lying areas submerged for hours.

Districts like Dong Da, Hoang Mai, Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Cau Giay, Tay Ho and Bac Tu Liem experience rainfall of 20-70mm.

Most of the streets like Ly Thuong Kiet (Hoan Kiem), Bui Xuong Trach (Thanh Xuan), Vuong Thua Vu (Thanh Xuan), Tong Dan (Hoan Kiem), and Thuy Khue (Tay Ho), among others, were deep under water.

The Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said heavy rains will continue in the capital city for the next few days.

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The heavy rain lasted for hours in most of central Hanoi. Photo: VnExpress
hanoi flooded after heavy downpours
The rain during busy everning rush hours caused traffic chaos in Ly Thuong Kiet Street. Photo: VnExpress
hanoi flooded after heavy downpours
Many vehicle's engines stalled due to heavy rain. Photo: VnExpress
hanoi flooded after heavy downpours
Vehicles can hardly move on submerged streets. Photo: Vietnamnet

Meanwhile, in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh, torrential rains triggered widespread flooding, forcing hundreds of households to evacuate on August 16 night.

In Cao Thang ward, Ha Long city, water seeped into dozens of houses, causing property losses.

On August 17, downpours also submerged more than 3km of National Highway 18A. Water entered many homes along the route.

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Water seeped into a house in Cao Thang ward, Ha Long city. Photo: Thanh Nien (Youth)
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Many roads in Ha Long city looked like rivers following heavy downpours. Photo: Thanh Nien (Youth)
hanoi flooded after heavy downpours
Downpours submerged more than 3km of National Highway 18A. Photo: VnExpress

In the northern port city of Hai Phong, heavy downpours flooded major streets in the early morning of August 17 and turned life up-side-down.

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Many streets in Hai Phong were flooded on August 17 morning. Photo: Kinhtedothi
hanoi flooded after heavy downpours
Many streets in Hai Phong were flooded on August 17 morning. Photo: Kinhtedothi

The Centre forecast that rains will continue in Quang Ninh and Hai Phong in the coming days, with rainfall from 40-70mm, and warned about flash floods in mountainous areas. /.

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