The serious urban flooding in Yen Hoa Ward of Cau Giay District in Hanoi in the afternoon of May 29 after heavy rain.

Major cities should strictly observe planning to eliminate urban flooding

Hanoi endured two serious urban flooding times just in one week due to heavy rain. It is understandable that torrential rain normally creates temporary flooding, yet such a serious situation as that in Hanoi is attributed to over-urbanization. It is high time detailed planning was strictly observed to tackle the problem.

A polluted canal in HCMC

HCMC seeking US$350-million loans for urban sewerage infrastructure project

The People’s Committee of HCMC has proposed the ministries of Finance, and Planning and Investment to consider a construction project of a drainage system and wastewater management works in the West of HCMC to adapt to climate change, said the Committee Office on April 8.
A corner of Binh Hung wastewater treatment plant, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

Wastewater treatment far behind urbanization speed: expert

Vietnam’s drainage and wastewater treatment system has been old, downgraded, asynchronous and unable to catch up with urbanization speed, said Mr. Cao Lai Quang, chairman of Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association.
Nguyen Thi Dinh street (Photo: SGGP)

Many streets badly damaged without drainage systems

Hundreds of streets have been downgraded and damaged in HCMC and the city has spent much on repairing them but that is unable to solve the root of the issue because of no drainage systems.