Hanoi's charm washed away by first summer downpour

By Ngoc Thanh   May 12, 2017 | 05:54 pm GMT+7

The first summer rain has turned several parts of the capital into waterways.

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Heavy rain lasting 30 minutes on Friday morning left some Hanoi streets under 50-80 centimeters of water.

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Locals drive their motorbikes through a deeply submerged intersection.

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Drivers pull away from a submerged area.

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A woman walks her motorbike through the water.

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Drivers opt for the sidewalk to escape the floodwater.

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Thai Ha Street in Dong Da District was submerged after the rain.

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A worker from Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Limited Company tries to clear a sewer on Huynh Thuc Khang Street.

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Staff at a clothes store mop the floor after the floodwaters receded. Meteorologists have forecast more downpours in Hanoi from now until next Monday.