Torrential downpours, floods inundate Hanoi

Northern provinces in Vietnam are coping with their biggest rainfall of the year.  More than 5 inches fell on Hanoi in a period of several hours, flooding dozens of streets and causing some major traffic jams.

The situation underscored the importance of the prime minister’s recent approval of a $778 million project to build water drains in the city, including the construction of four more pumping stations and drainage systems to River Hong.

Inclement weather also has caused northern tea processors to slow production.  Many farmers let their fields lie fallow this year because of abnormal weather and unstable prices.

More on this week’s flooding in Hanoi

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