Friday, October 31, 2008

It's Pouring In Hanoi

Hanoi flooding

When it's hot in Hanoi, I always wish for some rain every few days but I should be careful what I wish for! It rained the whole night last night and is still raining12 hours later. This kind of constant heavy rain is too much for this city which has a terrible drainage system. Many streets in Hanoi are now under water and smelly. I decided crazily to go out with one of my friends to look around but was too afraid to take the camera out. I was scared to drop it in the water.

Traffic - Hanoi flooding

Some friends of mine in Cau Giay district couldn't get out of their houses and 2 friends who are teaching in the Australian English center told me, their school has cancelled all afternoon classes as there is no way to enter or exit. The water level in West Lake is really high and I feel like it would get even higher if it keeps raining.

Hanoi, flooding

I finally made it to Hoan Kiem Lake and the water has broken its banks and is flooding over the road. This is the first time I've seen this since I came to Hanoi 7 years ago. There are lots of stupid people trying to ride their bikes very fast, which sprayed dirty water all over my clothes. I shouted at them and they laughed, such idiots. According to the weather forecast, it will keep going during the weekend plus the cold wind from the north. I hope we survive!

These photos are from Hoang Ha, Tin Nhanh Vietnam


Anonymous said...

Silly people are everywhere. I had same problem in Hanoi last year in Yen Phu street, near the smelly water fatory and bus station.(Can't remember exactly)
Thank you for sharing
Trang from USA

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Anonymous said...

So sorry about the rain. I am a Vietnamese American. Been back to Vietnam but never to Hanoi. Your post is certainly a tempt adding fuel to the fire of dream.

Anonymous said...

Wow ...
Ik was there 2 month's ago on vacation. We saw rain ... but not THAT much. Take Care

Van Cong Tu said...

Thanks for all comments

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