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South China Braces for Typhoon Rammasun

Posted: 07/17/2014 3:53 pm

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The Pearl River Delta is not expected to lie in the path of typhoon Rammasun, but will still be hit with strong winds and rain when it touches down to the west tomorrow, reports China Daily.

Rammasun is expected to make landfall on mainland China tomorrow afternoon in the area between Lingshui, Hainan to Yangjiang, Guangdong. Today at 2pm, Rammasun was located just 660 km away from Shenzhen. The typhoon is kicking up winds at 40 meters per second.

The Hong Kong Observatory issued a No. 1 Standby Signal today at 2:45pm. It said the intensity of rain and wind will continue to pick up for the Pearl River Delta. In coastal areas, winds are expected to reach category 6 or 7 (over 100 kilometers per hour) with gusts reaching up to category 8 or 9 (over 150 kilometers per hour).

Downpours are forecast for most parts of Guangdong Province from today until Saturday.

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Photo: Shenzhen Weather, Guangzhou Traffic Station


Shenzhen Woman, 8 Months Pregnant, The Sixth Person to Die in Recent PRD Flooding

Posted: 05/19/2014 10:35 am

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The heavy rains and flooding battering the Pearl River Delta and the east and north of Guangdong Province has taken another fatality, bringing the total number of victims to six.

Early on May 17, a landslide caused the destruction of a house in Taiyang Village, Shijing Community and swept away and killed a woman who was eight months pregnant.

From 1am until 4am, the total precipitation in Pingshan District, Shenzhen was recorded as 261mm. A local tributary of the Pingshan Creek was already swollen from days of rain by that time, leading to the landslide.

RELATED: Two Dead, One Missing as Dongguan Teens Swept Away by Floodwaters

The victim, 21 years-old and surnamed Zhong, lived in a house located next to Pingshan Creek that was destroyed by the landslide. Her father said he held on as tightly as he could until his own arm was injured, while the husband had said that there was no way to help her because the torrent was “too strong”.

Zhong’s body was found later that day at 5pm at a central drainage pipe.

The recent rain that has hit the cities of Huizhou, Shenzhen, Shanwei, and Qingyuan
is expected to continue until tomorrow.

RELATED: Huizhou Floods After 4 Hours of Torrential Rain [PHOTOS]

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Photos: Nanfang Metropolis via Weibo


Torrential Rainfall Wreaks Havoc on Guangdong, Southern China [UPDATED]

Posted: 05/12/2014 11:56 am

guangdong heavy rain fatalities service disruption transportationA record-setting rainfall that has hammered Guangdong since May 8 has caused numerous fatalities and service disruptions throughout the province and other parts of China.

5 people are dead and another 5 are injured in a traffic accident on the Beijing-Hongkong highway in which an overnight sleeper bus from Hubei overturned near the exit of the Yishan tunnel near Shaoguan, Guangdong at 3:42am on May 11 (pictured above).

Service for 40 high-speed provincial trains has been suspended as of Sunday at 2pm; affected routes include the Guangzhou-Shenzhen railway, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong railway, and the railway stemming from Pingguan, Guangxi.

Due to a landslide near Guangming, service of the high-speed rail between Guangzhou-Shenzhen was not restored as of 12pm today, but is reported to be operational now. Caijing reports that provincial high-speed rail service is still not operational as of 1:44pm today as the landslide obstruction has still not been dealt with.

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Ticket sales for Provincial train travel were suspended at 4pm on May 11 with the last train having departed at 2:43pm. Passengers onboard train D7037 from Guangzhou to Dongguan reported being stuck in transit, and were delayed by 6 hours. Medical attention was called for 2 passengers with health conditions.

dongguan rain rescue children students school23 students and 12 teachers had to be rescued from flood waters at the Huate School in Tangxia Longjing Garden, Dongguan.

guangdong heavy rain fatalities service disruption transportationCommuters lend a hand in Shenzhen as the G107 bus near Airport Road in Bao’an District breaks down in traffic.

bus fungus rain guangdong guangzhouThe heavy rainfall has led to the growth of mushrooms to crop up on Guangzhou city buses.

23 flights were cancelled with some 300 flights delayed at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday and early Monday morning while Shenzhen Airport canceled at least 48 flights.

Water was discharged from the Shenzhen reservoir at 8pm on May 11 to relieve excess pressure that may have caused flooding in parts of Hong Kong’s New Territories.

guangdong heavy rain fatalities service disruption transportationIn other parts of China, the heavy rain is cited as the cause for an earthen wall collapsing onto a factory in Qingdao, Shandong Province. 18 people are dead with three hurt when the wall collapsed onto the temporary housing dormitory for the factory’s workers on May 11 at 5:48pm.

The rain is also blamed for the death of a farmer in Hunan Province who was the victim of a rain-triggered landslide, as well as a fatality in Guangxi.

On Sunday, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters stated the rain has destroyed 1,400 houses, forcing the evacuation of more than 50,000 residents and flooding 15,000 hectares of cropland throughout Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces.

Hunan was reported to have relocated 50,400 people while Guangxi relocated 4,139 people and suffered damages to 945 houses, incurring a total economic loss of approximately 75 million yuan (12 million USD).

China Daily reports the disaster to have affected 1,216,000 people over five provinces, 23 cities, and 77 counties.

Photos: Weibo (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Nandu


Zhongshan Wedding Guests Continue to Eat at Flooded Banquet

Posted: 05/9/2014 4:09 pm

wet wedding zhongshan rain flooding banquetFor one Zhongshan wedding that took place yesterday evening, the bridal shower takes place in concurrence with the reception, not before.

A netizen reported an unnamed wedding reception in Zhongshan having fallen victim to the torrential rain that has been pounding Guangdong province.

A rip in an awning let in a surge of water described as a “waterfall” that soon flooded the banquet hall with 50cm of rain, forcing guests to stand on chairs.

However, the march of the wedding procession extended to the serving of the food. As wait staff continued wheeling out dishes, banquet guests continued to eat: Waiters rolled up their pant legs as guests wielded umbrellas to protect them from the elements.

It’s a wedding. Not eating would just mean that it’s not a wedding at all, and there’s no point to adding insult to injury at that point.

Alanis would have called it ironic, but Billy Idol would have called it a nice day. For a wet wedding.

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