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Rain floods Beijing

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

The fourth turn of plum rain reaches major cities within China during the last few days.

Water floods the subway entrance of Tao Ranting Station, Line 4 © XINHUA NET

Water floods the subway entrance of Tao Ranting Station, Line 4 © XINHUA NET

The capital city, Beijing, was facing heavy rain since the Thursday, 23 June. The rain is estimated to last for two days, with its peak arriving this afternoon. Public transport, including the highway, bus, subway and air-traffic was heavily influenced, causing giant traffic jams underground, on the ground and in the air.

Inner-city motor way

According to Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, the inner-city motor ways are suffering from water-flooding and certain road sections have a water level of one meter. The traffic arteries, including western, northern and southern third and fourth ring roads have severe traffic jams. The Bureau also says the situation is not optimistic.

Subway

The situation of subway is not better. Subway line one and thirteen are having incoming water-flood in some sections, which forcing the close-down of several stations. Subway line thirteen is among the worst because of the short circuit caused by exposure of train cables to the water. The short circuit even make a district off-power from Xi Zhimen to Da Zhongsi area.

Parking aprons of Beijing Capital International Airport © jinfuda 502

Parking aprons of Beijing Capital International Airport © jinfuda 502

Airplane

Beijing Capital International Airport has its 40 per cent flights cancelled. The number of people whose flights are delayed and cancelled are hard to estimate. One Weibo user shows a picture he takes at the airport, indicating the water on the  parking apron has submerged the air jet’s wheels.

Flood caused by heavy rain on 18, June in Wuhan © CNHUBEI

Flood caused by heavy rain on 18, June in Wuhan © CNHUBEI

The statistics show that the rain gives an average amount of 100 mm to the vast western part of the city. The most flooded area is Mo Shikou, with the amount of 173.2 mm.

Beijing is not alone

The Southern part of China has also suffered from heavy rain. Some cities such as Wuhan  has faced even worse situation.

Wuhan, also know as the river-city, has built its anti-flood and drainage system on a once-a-year base. However even the 34.5mm/hr draining speed cannot meet the rain on Saturday, 18 June, which is the heaviest rain ever in the last 13 years.

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