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Saigon residents caught wading through record tide

By Thanh Nguyen   November 6, 2017 | 11:32 am GMT+7

The highest tide of the year at 1.69 (5.54 feet) meters threw cold water at not-so enthusiastic feet on Monday morning.

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Rising tides submerged many streets in Districts 7, Nha Be and Binh Chanh to the south of the city under half a meter of water from 4 a.m.

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A man had to ask a bystander for help after his motorbike broke down on Le Van Luong Street in District 7 while he was taking his children to school. “We’re going to be late,” he said.

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This three-year-old girl in Nha Be District also had a rough journey to school.

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This secondary school girl tries to cross the street with the strong water rocking her bicycle.

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Two primary school boys pedal through deep floods.

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A woman takes her child to school after leaving her motorbike at a repair shop. She said it’s not a strange experience as high tides flood local streets several times every month. “We adults have been accustomed to this. But children should not have to deal with this dangerous hardship.”

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This family paid a rickshaw driver VND50,000 ($2.20) to carry them through three kilometers (1.9 miles) of a flooded road.

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Long, a migrant worker from Ben Tre Province to the southwest of Saigon, said many people are falling over on the flooded streets. “You just can't help them all!” he said.

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A family on Le Van Luong Street used a glass door to keep the water out.

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The water was still high at 7 a.m. Tides are forecast to reach 1.64 meters at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning and 1.63 meters in the evening.