Aug 04, 2019 / 12:34

Downpours from storm Wipha flood many Hanoi streets

The heavy downpours submerged many streets in Hanoi and turned life up-side-down, haunting the capital’s residents with the dreaded images of stuck vehicles and streets under water.

Torrential downpours in hours triggered by tropical storm Wipha flooded Hanoi’s streets and paralyzed traffic on August 3 and 4.

The heavy downpours submerged many streets in Hanoi and turned life up-side-down, haunting the capital’s residents with the dreaded images of stuck vehicles and streets under water.

Due to the impact of the storm Wipha, north and north central provinces of Vietnam have been suffering heavy rain, measured at 100-400mm/24 hours.

In ​​Hanoi city, Wipha unloaded torrential rain, leading to flash flooding and mudslides, with the rainfall of 100 - 200mm/24 hours.

Most of the streets were 0.1 - 0.2m under water in many parts of the city, especially Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the Old Quarter, Hoa Bang street (Cau Giay district), Vu Trong Phung street (Thanh Xuan district), and Dang Van Ngu street (Dong Da district).

Many streets, including Truong Chinh, Ton That Tung, Nguyen Khuyen, Thai Ha, Cao Ba Quat, Doi Can and Chu Van An, were submerged 30cm to 50cm under water soon after the downpour began.

According to the Weather Forecast Office under the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting, there will be a widespread rainstorm in Hanoi and northern provinces today with possible occurrence of whirlwinds, lightning, hail and strong winds.

Storm Wipha weakened into a tropical depression Saturday after making landfall in northern Vietnam on Friday night. But it has triggered heavy downpours across the region since Thursday.

As of 4:00 Saturday morning, the center of the tropical depression was hovering above the port city Hai Phong and Quang Ninh province, with wind speed of some 60 kilometers (37 miles) per hour.

Weather experts expect that over the next 12 hours, the depression will continue moving in a west-southwest direction with winds of 10 kph before forming a low-pressure zone over the southern region of the northern delta.

Hanoi city got 100-200mm of rain over the weekend, with some areas receiving over 250mm of rain. The followings are the dreaded images of stuck vehicles and street fishing:

 
Ha Dinh street is submerged in water. Photo: Trinh Vu
Ha Dinh street is submerged in water. Photo: Trinh Vu
Luong The Vinh street is flooded. Photo: Ngoc Tu
Luong The Vinh street is flooded. Photo: Ngoc Tu
Bui Xuong Trach Street is flooded after the storm. Photo: Pham Hung
Bui Xuong Trach Street is flooded after the storm. Photo: Pham Hung
Rainstorm makes it difficult for people travelling on Vo Van Kiet street. Photo: Pham Hung
Rainstorm makes it difficult for people travelling on Vo Van Kiet street. Photo: Pham Hung
Ngoc Lam street
Ngoc Lam street
Mac Thi Buoi street
Mac Thi Buoi street
Nguyen Trai street
Nguyen Trai street
 
Vuong Thua Vu street
Vuong Thua Vu street
Phan Van Truong street
Phan Van Truong street
Besides, many trees on Hanoi streets fell down due to strong winds.
 
A fallen tree on Dien Bien Phu street. Photo: Duy Khanh
A fallen tree on Dien Bien Phu street. Photo: Duy Khanh
A fallen tree in Hang Dau flower garden. Photo: Duy Khanh
A fallen tree in Hang Dau flower garden. Photo: Duy Khanh
A fallen tree on Doi Can street. Photo: Trinh Vu
A fallen tree on Doi Can street. Photo: Zing
 
A fallen tree on To Hien Thanh street. Photo: Zing
A fallen tree on To Hien Thanh street. Photo: Zing
On Vu Tong Phan street, a fallen tree occupies 2/3 of the road. Photo: Trinh Vu
On Vu Tong Phan street, a fallen tree occupies 2/3 of the road. Photo: Trinh Vu