Heavy rain leaves traffic floundering in Hanoi

By Phuong Son, Giang Huy   June 13, 2017 | 03:18 pm GMT+7

A 90-minute downpour on Tuesday morning swamped many of the capital's main streets.

At around 7:30a.m., a torrential rain poured down on the districts in Hanoi, drowning Dien Bien Phu Street under 30cm deep of water. The national meteorological and hydrological forecasting center said the heavy rain in Hanoi was due to the impact of a low pressure system churning through the northern region of Vietnam.

At around 7:30 a.m., torrential rain left Dien Bien Phu Street under 30cm of water. The National Meteorological and Hydrological Forecasting Center said the heavy rain in Hanoi was due to a low pressure system that has been moving through the north of Vietnam.

The center also forecasts that from now until June 15, Hanoi and the northern region will continue to experience heavy rains while low-lying areas will be prone to flooding and mountainous areas may be subject to flash floods and landslides. In photo: Hang Bai Street in Hoan Kiem District turns into a river as people and vehicles wades through the flood.

The center also forecasts more heavy rain to hit over the next few days, leaving low-lying areas prone to flooding and posing the threat of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas. In photo: Hang Bai Street in Hoan Kiem District was turned into a river as people and vehicles tried to negotiate the rising water.

The low-lying Cao Ba Quat Street is often submerged whenever the rain comes.

The low-lying Cao Ba Quat Street is often submerged when the rains come.

The flooding enters a nylon store on Cao Ba Quat Street, leaving the staff little to do but wait.

Floodwaters engulfed a nylon store on Cao Ba Quat Street, leaving the staff there little to do but wait.

Major streets leading to city centre such as Truong Chinh, Le Trong Tan, Dinh Cong and Linh Dam are also flooded.

Major streets leading to the city center such as Truong Chinh, Le Trong Tan, Dinh Cong and Linh Dam were also flooded.

In over an hour, as much as 50mm of rainfall has been recorded in many key areas around the city, with Kim Lien area records a 85mm of rainfall and 90mm at Van Mieu, where the Temple of Literature situates.

In just over an hour, 50mm of rainfall was recorded in key parts of the city, while Kim Lien was swamped in 85mm of rainfall and 90mm was reported at the Temple of Literature.

Vehicles dying in the rain have to be moved with some manual supports.

Motorbike engines were flooded, forcing people to get inventive.

Many 4-wheel vehicles also stuck in the middle of the road due to the rain.

Many 4-wheel vehicles also got stuck in the middle of the roads.

The rain lasts until 9:30a.m. but the water does not recede immediately. A supermarket on Le Trong Tan Street is flooded under 60cm deep of water.

The rain lasted until 9:30a.m. but the water did not recede immediately. A supermarket on Le Trong Tan Street was under 60cm of water.

Water drainage vehicles are mobilized to the street.

Water tankers were deployed to drain the streets.

The heavy rain occurs during early peak hours, causing prolonged traffic jam on major streets.

The heavy rain hit during rush hour, causing prolonged traffic jams on major streets.

Many vehicles swarm onto the sidewalk, even in the opposite direction, leaving the traffic in disarray

Many vehicles took to the sidewalks and the wrong side of the streets, leaving the traffic in disarray.