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Rainstorms and floods wreck cities in China


08-05-2016 15:19 BJT

While temperatures are soaring in some parts of China, recent rainstorms have also triggered flash floods and landslides in the country-- posing threats to power supplies, damaging roads, and disrupting traffic. Wang Tongxuan has more.

In Guizhou Province, houses collapsed. The first floor of Hengfeng Middle School in San-du County is inundated. This was the damage brought about by Typhoon Nida. It hit Southern China on Tuesday, bringing more than 200 millimeters of rainfall to the area. The rainstorm also caused waterlog and disrupted traffic in several national and provincial highways.

China national highway 320 in Yunnan province was cut off by landslides and mud-rock flows. 26 people who were trapped in there have since been rescued. In Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, firefighters had to rescue two people trapped in a car by a flood in a river way.

Cheng Jinchun, a driver, said, "The car started drifting in the water and I turned the steering wheel instinctively, but the car was still washed away. I was afraid the water was too deep and it would turn over, so I backed the car close to the bank."

Shanghai was also hit by thunderstorms on Thursday. But the rain managed to cool the city tortured by severe heat in the past week.

Zhang Ruiyi of Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, said, "There are mainly short showers or thunderstorms in Shanghai. And there is no extreme high temperature for the moment."

Several counties in Handan city, Hebei province on Wednesday night issue a red rainstorm alert, the highest in China’s four-color warning system. The region was previously hit by heavy rain on July 19th, and many projects damaged by floods have not been repaired yet. And with this new round of rainfall, authorities warns that disaster prevention should be strengthened.

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