Widespread flooding almost paralyzes Hanoi after downpour

By Ngoc Thanh   June 20, 2017 | 09:37 am GMT+7

Monday evening turned into a nightmare for many commuters as they had to wade through thick waters.

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A heavy downpour lasting one hour on Monday evening inundated a number of streets in downtown Hanoi.

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The rain left Hoang Dieu Street under 30 centimeters of water.

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It’s hard to distinguish streets from sidewalks.

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The rain hits the city just after locals finished their work. The rush hour traffic becomes even more miserable than usual.

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Some people have to cling onto median strip to keep moving.

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The flood is most severe at the intersection of Nguyen Tri Phuong and Dien Bien Phu. Drainage workers have to put up signs to help vehicles avoid potential traps.

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Barriers are set up to keep people from dangerous sections on Dien Bien Phu Street.

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A worker opens a manhole cover to let water flow more quickly.

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Nguyen Duy Tuan, a worker, helps people move their motorbikes.