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HCMC streets flooded in mysterious crimson, foul-smelling water

Hundreds of families in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Phu district were affected Sunday when several streets were submerged in reddish, smelly water tinged with chemicals.

Alleys along Phan Anh and To Hieu streets were in knee-deep red water following an hour-long rain. There were oily stains and white foams on the surface, along with smells of chemicals. The water even flowed into certain homes.

Tran Thi Huong, a 56-year-old resident of Phan Anh Street, said she had never seen anything like it before. Some people who got into the water reported feeling an itch on their legs, she said, forcing them to put on boots.

Huong said there are fabric dyeing workshops near the neighborhood that operate at night. She believes there might have been a leakage in their sewage system.

Dieu Thuy, 35, lives about 50 meters away from the factory. She says that she has to keep her doors and windows closed and wear masks inside her own home because she can't stand the smell. The smell has caused her to have migraines in the past. Her entire family has been avoiding going outside to prevent them from coming into contact with the water.

As of 7 p.m. October 23rd, the water has receded, but a red tint still remains on the streets.

Nguyen Minh Trung, chairman of the Tan Thoi Hoa Ward People's Committee, said there are no fabric dyeing workshops near Phan Anh and To Hieu streets. He said the polluted water probably came from somewhere else through the sewage system of the Hiep Tan Channel. Trung said that, due to heavy rains, there was not enough time for the water to be drained. The ward is investigating the exact origin of the red water.

The Tan Phu District is home to several printing, dyeing and mechanical factories. In the past, locals have reported that these factories have polluted the environment, specifically on Hoa Binh Street.

Late last year, the HCMC Department of Natural Resources and the Environment conducted a surprise check on eight facilities and found violations in five of them.

Source: VnExpress