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Too Soon? Korean Pop Star Rain Descends on Guangzhou, Pours on the Charm

Posted: 05/26/2014 7:00 pm

rain concert korean pop star guangzhouWhile rain and lightning has been battering Guangdong Province this past month, the Rain forecast for Guangzhou last Saturday was simply electrifying.

The Korean pop star Rain performed a solo concert called “2014 Rain Effect Show In Guangszhou” on Saturday in which many of his top hits were performed including “It’s Raining“.

We weren’t there at the concert, but we would imagine the show began by igniting the expectations of an audience ready to wield their glowsticks. An announcer boomed into a microphone, “Are you ready, people? Are you ready for Rain?” After the audience signaled its compliance, Rain would finally appear from behind a dark shroud, showering his fans with love—meaning, of course, his abs.

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Fans expressed their enthusiasm for Rain after the show, noting that his Putonghua had markedly improved. It was apparently much better than when Rain appeared on a Chinese variety show when he spoke none.

But what will Guangzhou do after this? It’s been three years since Rain was last here, and now with nothing scheduled for the foreseeable future, Guangzhou will face a veritable drought.

We love Rain as much as any screaming teenage K-pop idol worshiper (hello, Ninja Assassin!), but we have to say that we’ve had enough rain for now, please come back another day.

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Photos: cloudusa.wordpress, Weibo (2, 3, 4)


Rain Continues to Fall Mercilessly on the PRD, Shenzhen Issues Red Alert [UPDATE]

Posted: 05/20/2014 2:21 pm

UPDATE 2: 4:22pm, May 2014. A post from the Shenzhen police Weibo tells us the areas facing the highest risk from the storm are the districts of Bao’an, Longgang, Longhua, Guangming New Town, Pingshan New Town, and Dapeng New Town. Police tells everyone to be vigilant and exert cautionshenzhen red alert rain weather

UPDATE 1: 3:06pm, May 20, 2014. Shenzhen has just issued a red alert weather warning. As a result, protocol states that middle and elementary schools are now closed, workers are discouraged from going to work, and delays are to be expected for public transportation.


As Dongguan issued a rain alert earlier today and the forecast calls for precipitation to last until Friday, the mounting costs of a this past week’s torrential rain is estimated at RMB 205 million and at least two fatalities.

The Guangdong Provincial Ministry of Civil Affairs has reported the storm and flooding is responsible for two deaths and one missing person. The victims include an eight-month pregnant woman who was washed away in a landslide when it destroyed her home in Pingshan New District, Shenzhen.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs reports the rain has affected a large area of Guangdong since it began on May 15 including the six cities of Shenzhen, Shaoguan, Meizhou, Shanwei, Qingyuan, and Yunfu. Twelve counties and 52 villages have also been hit by flooding of varying degrees.

As of 5pm on May 19, Guangdong had a total of 100,200 people affected by the storm, in which 17,800 people were evacuated. 131 buildings have collapsed, and 6,300 square kilometers of crops have been affected.

Meanwhile, Guangzhou was hit hard with rain on Sunday before noon when 50mm fell within an hour. An accumulation of 400mm was recorded in Tianhe District and caused a 3km-long traffic jam.

The rain in Huizhou has affected some 10,000 residents and is said to have caused eight landslides. 428mm of precipitation was recorded in the 24 hour period before 6am on May 18.

A weather forecast for Guangzhou says that rain will continue everyday this week until Friday, but that lightning will cease after today.

Photo: Al Jazeera, Shenzhen Police via Weibo


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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Guangdong Initiates Emergency Alert Level 4 in Response to Torrential Rain

Posted: 05/9/2014 1:47 pm

The provincial authorities has implemented emergency measures in the wake of the torrential downpour that has been hounding Guangdong, reports the Yancheng Evening Report.

At 5:30pm on May 8, the Guangdong provincial weather disaster emergency response department raised the provincial emergency alert to level four.

This signifies the province has adopted emergency measures and has informed all levels of government including military, police, and emergency services to be on heightened alert.

The recent downfall has been characterized as the longest and most intense precipitation all year long.

From the time period between 8am on May 7 up until 5pm on May 8, over 19 provincial weather stations have collected a total of 110mm of rain, with some having collected a maximum of 132mm. Weather stations in Puning have collected 129mm worth of precipitation, while those in Maoming have recorded 126mm of rain.

Police urge caution around the province’s many rivers; the Dong River, Bei River, and Han River have all swollen from the increased precipitation.

Photo: Sina


Watch: Tornado hits Guangzhou, storms leave thousands homeless

Posted: 08/20/2013 1:00 pm

At least 22 people were killed in Guangdong Province and 7 are missing due to the floods that struck the province in the aftermath of Typhoon Utor, BBC News reports.

At least 105 have been killed nationwide after Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang were also hit with floods.

According to GD Chinanews, at least 4.9 billion yuan worth of damage has been done in the province, over 51,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, and 19,000 homes have been destroyed.

This image was snapped in Meizhou on Aug. 17, image courtesy of Sina Weibo

In other extreme weather-related news, you can watch below a tornado tear through Cencun Village in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District.

The footage, which was snapped on a camera phone by a local on Aug. 16, shows a pylon exploding in a way described by one eyewitness as “like a fireworks display”:

This was also snapped in Meizhou, which saw some of the worst flooding.

One pedestrian was injured by the tornado, according to

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