A RAINSTORM in the
small hours yesterday flooded more than 20 restaurants on the Sea World
Shekou, Shenzhen, causing economic losses worth tens of millions of yuan,
the heaviest in the city over the weekend.
At least 66 people
have been killed in flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rains in
southern part of China and millions have been left homeless, Xinhua News
Agency reported yesterday.
The highest death
toll in the downpours, which began Thursday, was in Guangdong Province,
where 14 people were killed and four missing, the report said.
The Nanshan rainstorm
between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. turned the Sea World square, which features a
5,000-square-meter bar street, into a lake. From 2 a.m., water and sand
and soil from Mt. Nanshan filled the square as deep as four meters in
some parts. Rescuers had to travel by boat but nobody was stranded in
shops due to the early hour.
More than 20 shops at
the square were flooded. Ren Fang, an official with its management
company, estimated losses at between 20 million to 25 million yuan
(US$2.6 million to US$3.2 million).
management company bought insurance for all shops, but few bought extra
water group was pumping water out of the square, but the process was
slow due to the sand and soil in the water.
It is estimated that
the flood would be cleared by today.
Shenzhen, residents on Yulongxincun housing estate in Qingshuihe, Luohu
District, were evacuated due to a landslide.
Some factory houses
near a hill in Lishan Industrial Park in Nanshan were also evacuated.
Some areas of Nantou
Checkpoint, the Overseas Chinese Town, Shekou Bay, Yueliang Bay, Dongbin
Road and Baishizhou were also flooded.
The hardest-hit areas
were the four districts within the special economic zone, Nanshan,
Futian, Luohu and Yantian, which all recorded about 130 millimeters of
rain yesterday. The city recorded 100 millimeters of rain within three
hours between 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. yesterday, the heaviest in 15 years.
Shenzhen Reservoir recorded the largest rainfall of about 160
millimeters, according to the observatory.
disaster-relief office blamed both the heavy rains and the damages
caused by urban construction on tunnels for the floods.
International Airport was hit by rainstorms in the early morning and
between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., an airport spokesman said. The rains forced
six flights arriving in Shenzhen to land in Guangzhou instead.
The heavy rains also
delayed 37 departures to cities including Shanghai, Nanchang, Kunming,
Beijing, Guilin, Chengdu, Jinan and Qingdao.
authority, which launched an emergency program Friday, urged passengers
to check flight information by dialing the hotline 9500-0666 before
leaving for the airport.
Heavy rains also
severely damaged the Shenshan Railway in Meizhou City of Guangdong on
Saturday, where 366 millimeters of rain was recorded between 6 p.m.
Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
More than 1,100
passengers were stranded and railway authorities had to bring in coaches
to ferry passengers to their destinations.
Train N632 from
Shenzhen to Shantou in Guangdong Province and K636 from Shenzhen to
Fuzhou City in Fujian have been suspended and it is not clear when they
showers are expected today and tomorrow, but more rainstorms are again
forecast for Wednesday, according to Shenzhen’s weather observatory,
which said the recent rainfall was normal for Shenzhen at this time of
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