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Poor drainage system causes floods in western Shenzhen

Posted: 05/28/2013 7:00 am

A street in Baoan District

Last month, the quality of Guangzhou’s drainage system was called into question after the downtown area was severely flooded due to heavy rain. Now it is the turn of Shenzhen’s western area after basements were flooded, shops were forced to close and roads were blocked in Shenzhen’s western area after the city’s drainage system was unable to cope with heavy rain at the weekend, Nandu Daily reports.

Flooding reached over a metre in some parts as subway construction and a poor drainage system were blamed for the heavy floods in Baoan District, Nanshan District and Longhua New Zone.

At least 20 shops on the busy Xixiang Walking Street had to close due to their stock being soaked and by midday on Sunday, 20 cars on the street were stuck in water.

A woman in Xixiang in Baoan District

Sanitation workers at Shenzhen Baoan Stadium Subway Station, an intersection between the Luobao and Huanzhong lines, said if the rain had continued for another hour, the station itself would have been in severe danger of flooding.

80 property owners in Taihua Yangguang community said their basements were flooded with around half a metre of water, and one said it took more than two hours to pump it out.

Cars were also stuck on 107 Road and two children had to be rescued by firefighters.

Nanshan District’s Shahe West Road’s Baimang Village junction was under a metre of water. Four lanes were completely paralysed as a result.

The junction between Fulong Road and Jianshang Road.

The junction between Fulong Road and Jianshang Road resembled the Yellow River, according to one driver. The driver’s car stalled and he fled before the situation got worse.

Between 9:38 and 10:38 on Sunday morning, Xixiang Matou meteorological station recorded 74.5 mm of rain.


Chengguan outsource work to gangsters in Shenzhen district

Posted: 07/23/2012 1:00 pm

Comparisons have been drawn between the mafia and the city’s law enforcers in Shenzhen, and on this occasion it may not be so far fetched.

Chuangye Road and Nanyou Road in Shenzhen’s Nanshan District are among the most affluent areas in the city, at least in terms of appearance. The vicinity has its share of expats because there are at least two major language training centers, Web and Meten; Shekou Walmart; and the thriving Coastal City. But the area may not be as safe as locals had once thought, local media have reported.

For over a year, business owners have been threatened by a gang led by a criminal surnamed Zhang, who have been demanding protection fees after being authorized to do the work of a Chengguan, or Urban Administrator. It is quite common for Chengguan to outsource work to members of the public, but these members are only authorized to patrol streets and report criminal behaviour to higher authorities.

After Zhang was arrested in early June, it was discovered that one of the assistant urban administrators working under him was Gong Bo.

Gong was stabbed to death by a barbecue vendor in 2011 after he tried to forcibly shut down the man’s business. The barbecue vendor was given life in jail and told to pay 680,000 RMB in compensation.

After arrests of Zhang’s gang were made at businesses such as nightclubs, restaurants and internet bars. It was discovered that they had had no training and were acting far above their station as Assistant Chengguan.

Zhang and his gang face a total of 24 charges. His right hand man, also surnamed Zhang was interviewed by the Daily Sunshine but was distinctly uncooperative, insisting that he had been arrested for nothing other than getting into a fight caused by a misunderstanding.

A shop owner in the Cote D’azur residential complex expressed relief that the men had been arrested, claiming to have been intimidated and stolen from by the gang.

One netizen said the barbecue owner who murdered Gong should be awarded, not arrested. Another opined that there is no difference between Chengguan and mafia anyway.

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