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HCMC to install 35 flood control cameras

Released at: 14:48, 18/05/2017

HCMC to install 35 flood control cameras

Photo: Dan Tri

Cameras to provide information on duration of storms and flood levels.

by Le Diem

The Ho Chi Minh City Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program has sent a plan to the city’s Department of Finance on selecting contractors to install 35 cameras to monitor severe flooding hotspots, with investment of nearly VND500 million ($22,000).

The cameras work like those in traffic monitoring, providing information on when rain and flooding starts and flood levels, which is sent to an operations center to monitor and respond with solutions. Along with cameras, personnel are also sent to these spots to deal with problems.

Areas predicted to have serious flooding include Nguyen Huu Canh, Huynh Tan Phat, Bau Cat, Highway No.13, An Duong Vuong, and Go Dau, according to the center.

The center also asked the department to share images from its traffic camera network to support flood control in other areas.

The Ho Chi Minh City Urban Drainage Company has already installed cameras on frequently flooded roads, making flood prevention and control easier.

Many streets in the city, including Go Vap district’s Phan Huy Ich Street, Binh Tan district’s Ho Hoc Lam Street, and District 5’s Duong Tu Giang Street, were submerged in water on May 15 after a two-hour downpour. Motorbike riders whose machines cut out as they navigated the floods had to get off and push their bikes along water-clogged streets.

The city plans to resolve problems at more than 200 flood hotspots from now to 2020.

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