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Guangzhou streets flooded after rainstorm, city says problem being fixed

Posted: 04/22/2013 7:00 am

Vehicles in a tunnel caught in the rain which began around 6:30 p.m.

Any hopes that the Pearl River Delta had seen the worst of the recent heavy rain proved unfounded on Saturday April 20.

The drainage system in Guangzhou’s downtown area has proved inadequate not for the first time after the streets were heavily flooded after an orange storm alert warning preceded around 3 hours of heavy rain on the evening of April 20, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

Areas that were particularly badly affected include Huangpu Road toll station and Tianhe City Shopping Centre. But there were several other roads and tunnels in the city where the flooding, which has now been mostly cleared, reached over a meter.

A woman caught in the storm on Shiyou Lane, snapped by someone who had nothing better to do than take her picture, a wet t-shirt fetishist perhaps.

According to the Meteorological Bureau of Statistics, a total of 20 meteorological stations recorded more than 50 millimeters of precipitation over a period of three hours. Tianhe District recorded an average rainfall of 64.8 mm, Huangpu District recorded an average rainfall of 51.5 mm, Huangpu District, Guangzhou Petrochemical Plant recorded a maximum rainfall of 124.8 mm. The orange storm alert was lifted on the night of April 20.

The city has pledged to upgrade its drainage system to prevent the same thing from happening again. The tunnel will be 30 to 40 kilometres underground and around 100 kilometres long. Five metres in diameter, the tunnel will cost a total of 250 billion yuan, Bendibao reports.

The Guangzhou Municipal Sewage Treatment Liability Company pledged to have professional structural engineers assess whether the project would pose a danger to nearby housing.

Yup, a new drainage system wouldn’t hurt

On a lighter note, the weather is expected to get better this week.

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