Hanoi floods

On Friday, it started raining. And raining. And raining, and raining. . . . apparently the heaviest single rainfall in 35 years. I was out Friday and Saturday, taking pictures of people coping with flooded streets, in some places waist-high with a mixture of rain, lake water and sewage. The first floors of most people’s houses are well-equipped for flood waters, built with ceramic tiles (no soggy carpets here), and there are no basements, so Hanoians either moved up to the second storey of their homes and watched the deluge or ventured out in the waters to go about their lives.

It was great fun Saturday, taking pictures with my friend Marc, an engineer with a keen photographic eye and a new Nikon system. Clad head to toe in wet gear, we took pictures near Tien Quang Lake, which had overflowed. People in the neighbourhood were using mosquito netting to try and catch the small fish that were now swimming in the streets. A great scene.

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~ by Julian Abram Wainwright on November 3, 2008.

One Response to “Hanoi floods”

  1. […] Hanoi floodsOn Friday, it started raining. And raining. And raining, and raining. . . . apparently the heaviest single rainfall in 35 years. I was out Friday and Saturday, taking pictures of people coping with flooded streets, in some places … […]

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