Yesterday’s Rainfall Forced Flights to be Cancelled and Flooded Several Areas in the City
Yesterday’s heavy rain have caused trouble in Shenzhen as the rain forced flights to be delayed and to partially shut down the Guangzhou Shenzhen Expressway for about three hours and flooded around a hundred areas in the city as well. the rain is said to be the strongest torrential rain to hit Shenzhen since 2008 which prompted the city’s meteorological observatory to issue a red alert the second highest level in the city’s five level warning system.
Monitoring stations around the city recoded an average of 194.7 millimeters of rainfall while in other areas recorded 300 millimeters. The heaviest rainfall was felt in Longhua New Area wherein a430 millimeters of rainfall was recorded. The observatory further stated that the weather in the city will be unstable for the next two days and residents will be experiencing scattered rain showers or heavy rainfall until Wednesday.
As of 6 pm yesterday more than 100 flood reports were received and police were dispatched o help rescue the 1,800 vehicles that were trapped by the flood. A section in the Shennan Boulevard was heavily congested and traffic at the 107 national highway and other roads in Nanshan were at a standstill.
The rain also caused the cancellation of flights out of Shenzhen airport who quickly implemented an emergency plan which forced 20 flights to be diverted and land in Guangzhou and Xiamen. The rain also forced the suspension of the operation of bullet trains from Shenzhen and Guangzhou.