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Another flood, another chaotic soaking night in Saigon

By Thanh Nguyen, Quynh Tran   October 13, 2017 | 09:44 am GMT+7

Flooding and rain have become a matter of course, whether the city can handle it or not.

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People wade along a flooded street in the outskirts of Saigon at around 8 p.m. on Thursday night. Heavy thunderstorms after office hours left many streets across the city under water.

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Motorbike drivers support each other as they push through strong-flowing water. Deadly incidents of people being swept down drain holes on rainy days are not uncommon in Vietnam.

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A woman calls for help after her motorbike breaks down. Meanwhile, several other people decide to stand on the sidewalk to wait for the water to recede.

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The flood discriminates no one.

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A rough ride from school for this father and son.

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A driver waits for help after his car breaks down thanks to a soaking ride.

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Two women stand and watch as their house is flooded. “It happened so fast there’s nothing we could do,” one of them said.

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The usual traffic outside Tan Son Nhat International Airport just gets worse after the rain.

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Chaos on one of the roads connecting the airport with the city center.

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Frustration escalates as a car suddenly breaks down in the middle of the road.

Flooding has become a year-round chronic problem in the modern megacity despite numerous expensive projects planned and launched to tackle the issue.

Now take a look back at another quite similar episode of motorbikes versus flooding in the city captured in May this year.