China Battles Major Flooding

Waterlogging Paralyzes Chinese Metropolis on Yangtze

(Xinhua News Agency, July 6, 2016. Complete text:) Wuhan - An overnight storm following days of rain has stopped traffic, cut power and water supplies and trapped people in their homes in many parts of Wuhan, a metropolis on the Yangtze River.

The downpour caused severe waterlogging as local rivers, lakes and reservoirs have swollen, leading to closure of a tunnel across the Yangtze as well as some subway stations and underground passages, according to local traffic authorities.

The capital city of central China’s Hubei Province, Wuhan has about 10 million residents.

From 8 p.m. on Tuesday [July 5] to 8 a.m. of Wednesday, precipitation in the city proper reached 180 millimeters, and the district of Caidian received 206 millimeters of rain.

Some 560 millimeters of rain fell on the city in the past week, the largest weekly precipitation since records began, according to the local meteorologic observatory. It forecast rain through Wednesday in Wuhan.

As of noon on Wednesday, floods have made 206 sections of road inaccessible to traffic and caused the suspension of 113 bus routes.

Twenty-three trains have been canceled and 30 delayed, according to the Wuhan Railway Bureau.

A Xinhua reporter saw water gush out of manhole covers and a section of road in Wuchang District inundated in two minutes, trapping cars in the water. He saw no public buses or taxis and failed to find a car through a taxi-hailing app on his way to the office in the morning.

More than 4,000 police officers and workers are pumping away flood waters, as well as ensuring the safety of pedestrians and vehicles.

Firefighters have rescued more than 100 people trapped by water. A pregnant woman, who was trapped on her way to delivery, was carried to a boat ...

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