A record high tide on the Saigon River on the evening of 21st October 2013 resulted in floods throughout Ho Chi Minh City.
The high tide was reported to have reached 1.68 metres, beating last year’s high by 6cm. This is thought to be the highest tide level in over 60 years. The high tide, combined with heavy rainfall, led to flooding in the city. Some roads were under 50cm of water, causing problems for the city’s traffic and communters.
According to Vietnam Net:
In the lower areas, water spilled over into houses, disturbing the lives of people. Many families had to use sandbags to prevent flooding and scooped water out.
Heavy rainfall has meant that much of the city has been under water for around 10 days now. Below are photos from Vietnam Net showing some of the affects of the current flooding. See more of the collection here.
The high tide wasn’t expected to exceed 1.58 metres and forecasters are still unsure as to the reason for the record levels.
In May this year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) claimed that Ho Chi Minh City, the commercial capital of the country, will face catastrophe over the coming decades if flood defences and infrastructure isn’t developed (see our report here). Rapid urbanization, population growth and building development in flood prone areas, as well as blocked drainage canals have all been blamed for Ho Chi Minh’s flood woes.
Sources and Photo: Vietnam Net