Storm pounds Shenzhen, no casualties

2008-06-26 03:51:58 GMT       2008-06-26 11:51:58 (Beijing Time)       Shenzhen Daily

TROPICAL storm Fengshen brought another bout of drenching misery to Shenzhen yesterday, with strong winds and 176 millimeters of rain. The tropical storm made landfall at Kuichong in Longgang District at 5:30 a.m.

No casualties had been reported by 6 p.m. yesterday, the city’s flood control authorities said.

Some 21 million cubic meters of water had replenished Shenzhen reservoirs by 6 p.m. yesterday. Xili Reservoir in Nanshan, and Tiegang and Shiyan reservoirs in Bao’an District opened sluices to discharge water, the city’s flood control and drought relief headquarters said.

The Huangmabu Reservoir in Bao’an recorded the maximum rainfall of 306 millimeters, the headquarters said.

Old communities in Nanyuan, Beitou and Xiangnan subdistricts in Nanshan District were flooded with water up to 50 centimeters deep.

The storm also caused traffic chaos. Congestion was reported on the National Highway 107 and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway. A section in Bao’an on the expressway was under one meter of water and had been closed.

The Guangming New Zone reported several landslides, but no casualties. Primary and middle schools in Shenzhen were closed.

On Tuesday, Party chief Liu Yupu and Mayor Xu Zongheng ordered the headquarters to take measures to keep damage to the minimum.

The storm forced the cancellation of 14 domestic flights and delays to more than 120 flights. Four international flights between Shenzhen and Seoul and Kuala Lumpur were also canceled while ferry services from the airport to Hong Kong and Macao were suspended.

In Shanwei City, Guangdong, one sailor was injured and another missing after their container ship made an emergency docking at around 4 a.m. yesterday. Rescuers were searching for the missing man.

The storm abated in Shenzhen at 2 p.m. yesterday as Fengshen moved north with a subdued strength toward Dongguan.

Heavy rain would continue in Shenzhen for the rest of the week, with temperatures ranging from 23-27 degrees Celsius, the city’s meteorological observatory said.

Shenzhen has been affected by storms and scorching heat this month.

On June 13, the heaviest rain for more than 100 years struck Shenzhen, leaving five people dead and three missing. The rain has caused damage amounting to 500 million yuan (US$71 million).

I have comments _COUNT_