|Deluge, hailstorms kill 21 in southern cities, 1 million affected
At least 21 people have died and four are reported missing after a weekend of heavy rainfall in south China, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. (Pictured, flooding in Dongguan)
Over 1 million people have been affected in 6 provinces including Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Chongqing. The strongest rainfall so far this year has been accompanied by hailstorms. In a day in Guangzhou, 300 millimeters or rain has fallen.
“I am late by half an hour because of the rain. The bus can’t move, during the morning commute,” a Guangzhou commuter said.
Waterlogging increasing the danger on the main highway. The water level was a meter high in some places.
In Zhongshan city, civil service workers have been working 24 hours a day to unblock drains. Dozens of pumping machines are being used.
“The flooding season has come one week earlier than the regular date compared to previous years. South China will see frequent rain and storm in the next few days.” Zhang Fanghua, forecaster with Central Meteorological Station said.
But South China is also facing hailstorms. Some hail stones were about 5cm in diameter.
A large number of flights in Shenzhen were delayed on Monday.--Xinhua