Video Diary: Flooding in Saigon
By Dave Fox
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam
October 3, 2013
I’m back in Saigon for the next couple of weeks, doing more research for my new book. Typhoon Wutip slammed through central Vietnam two days ago. Saigon wasn’t affected, though I have a friend here who comes from a village that was severely damaged. Her family has been sheltering in a church, waiting for the flood waters to subside from their home.
The typhoon two days ago passed north of Saigon, but yesterday and today, the city has seen heavy rains, with more expected through the weekend.
I shot a quick video diary this morning on Bui Vien Street:
Bui Vien Street lies at the heart of Saigon’s so-called “backpacker district.” As is the case in many parts of the city, its drainage system isn’t equipped to handle the volume of water that accumulates when tropical downpours sweep in. Here’s another video (without commentary) that I shot at the same location in May: