Shenzhen to Upgrade Flood Relief Facilities
As typhoon Vicente begins receding in Shenzhen, the city is now planning to upgrade its flood relief facilities to ensure that the city will be ready to handle another storm with heavy rains and flooding.
Most of the facilities in Shenzhen were designed to handle the biggest flood within a 100 year period, but facilities, especially in Longgang and Bao’an districts, were only designed to handle floods that happen once in 50 years. According to the disaster relief office, creating and implementing a higher disaster relief standard will take time but once it’s done, the city will be able to handle any kind of flood happening once every 200 years.
The disaster relief office said that typhoon Vicente caused blackouts in residential areas in Shekou and blew down around 3,000 trees. Most of the flights out of Bao’an International airport were canceled or delayed while 5 workers were injured by collapsing infrastructure.
As the heaviest part of the storm began to hit the city, Mayor Xu Qin rushed to the disaster relief office and began supervising the flood relief efforts by 11 pm. But according to Liang Yi, the vice director of the disaster relief office, because of the high density of buildings in Shenzhen and its proximity to the sea, there was a possibility that seawater could enter the city and cases of heavy rain and flooding could be more serious.
Although typhoon Vicente degraded to a strong tropical storm, Shenzhen will still continue to see heavy rains and intermittent downpours especially in the western and central areas of the city for the next few days. The rain is expected to die down by the end of the week and hot weather will once again be felt by Sunday.