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Urban sprawl causes floods in Mekong Delta province

Thousands of people in the southern province of Dong Nai were hit last week by the worst flooding in 20 years.

By VNS

Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai province, Vietnam, September 20, 2015

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The situation was exacerbated by the loss of lakes and ponds that have been filled as rapid urbanisation gets underway – and by illegal housing narrowing down local streams.

Three days of non-stop, heavy rain started on Tuesday evening, severely flooding Bien Hoa City in the heart of the province.

More than 20 streets in the city were flooded to a depth of up to 80 centimetres, including Dong Khoi, Nguyen Ai Quoc and Nguyen Phuc Chu streets.

 

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