Gridlock occurs on national highway following heavy rain in southern Vietnam

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Gridlock occurs on national highway following heavy rain in southern Vietnam

Serious congestion occurs on the section of National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, June 19, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

A national highway section in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam was heavily congested following an intense rainstorm on Sunday evening.

The traffic jam on the section of National Highway No. 51 in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province lasted for more than two hours.

The congestion occurred after an hour-long downpour flooded the route, resulting in difficulties for commuters.

Motorcyclists travel on the sidewalk due to the traffic jam on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, June 19, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

Motorcyclists travel on the sidewalk due to the traffic jam on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, June 19, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

The situation was exacerbated when two cars and a van broke down in the middle of the road.

Many motorcyclists decided to travel on the sidewalks in a bid to exit the congested section as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, multiple automobiles encroaching on the motorbike lane also worsened the gridlock.

A van breaks down on National Highway No.51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, June 19, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

A van breaks down on National Highway No. 51 in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, June 19, 2022. Photo: Phuoc Hai / Tuoi Tre

Traffic on the national highway began to return to normal at about 8:00 pm the same day.

It is common for this section of National Highway No. 51 to become congested, even though it is not rush hour, according to local residents.

A heavy rain can easily cause flooding and traffic jams along this route, they added.

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