Rail Services Restored after Clearing of Mudslides
Rail service was paralyzed for more than 20 hours which was caused by mudslides in northern Guangdong Province that was promptly repaired and cleared by late afternoon. Although the mudslides were cleared operations didn’t return to normal.
More than 80,000 passengers were affected and to diverted stranded passengers at the Guangzhou Railway Station an additional 18 high speed trains were added. Thousands of passengers lined up early yesterday to have their tickets refunded after the mudslides halted services, while other passengers opted to take flights to Changsha, Wuhan and Beijing but most of the flights were sold out. Passengers can also get refunds from trains leaving Guangzhou to other stations in Foshan, Dongguan and Shenzhen. Trains from Shenzhen and Dongguan going to other cities using the Beijing Guangzhou railway were also suspended.
Mudslides were caused by typhoon Utor which brought down 200 millimeters of rain in northern Guangdong in 5 days an affected more than 4 million people in Heyuan, Meizhou, Huizhou, Qingyuan and Shaoguan. The typhoon also caused more than 4 billion yuan in economic losses.