Warn­ing is­sued over heavy rain, flood­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By XIN­HUA in Shang­hai and Nan­ning

The Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter is­sued a yel­low alert for heavy rain on Thurs­day in south­ern and eastern China, in­clud­ing Shang­hai, which was bat­tered on Wed­nes­day, and warned that flood­ing and land­slides were pos­si­ble.

Storms are likely to hit re­gions along the mid­dle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River through Thurs­day, af­fect­ing Shang­hai and the prov­inces of Hubei, An­hui, Zhe­jiang, Jiangxi, Hu­nan and Guizhou, the cen­ter said in a state­ment.

Tor­ren­tial rain is likely in somenorth­ern parts ofHu­nan, Jiangx­i­andZhe­jiang, as well as south­ern An­hui, the state­ment added.

The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal cen­ter warned lo­cal author­i­ties to mon­i­tor con­di­tions and take pre­cau­tions against flood­ing, land­slides and other dis­as­ters.

Shang­hai’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal author­i­ties is­sued on Wed­nes­day this year’s first or­ange warn­ing for a storm. China has a four-tier col­or­coded weather warn­ing sys­tem, with red rep­re­sent­ing the most se­vere warn­ing, fol­lowed by or­ange, yel­low and blue.

Traf­fic dur­ing the morn­ing peak hours was heav­ily af­fected by the rain on Wed­nes­day in Shang­hai. More than 80 roads and more than 1,000 houses were flooded. Sev­eral tun­nels, in­clud­ing the West Jin­sha­jiang Road tun­nel and Moyu Road and Cao’an Road tun­nel, were sealed off.

Ne­ti­zens up­loaded photos of peo­ple fish­ing in the mid­dle of the road to news web­site Xin­min.cn.

In Dahua, in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, 16,000 pigs drowned at a farm flooded on Sun­day by heavy rain­storms, leav­ing author­i­ties with the dif­fi­cult task of dis­pos­ing of the car­casses.

Wang Lin, the Li­uye town­ship farm’s man­ager, said the rain came too fast for an evac­u­a­tion. Thou­sands of car­casses floated in the flood­wa­ters. Pigs that sur­vived the flood­ing crawled to the shore or climbed to safety on rooftops.

Such a large num­ber of an­i­mals drown­ing in a sin­gle event is un­prece­dented in the re­gion, said Nong Yingx­i­ang, an of­fi­cial with the lo­cal an­i­mal health watchdog.

Though the pigs died from a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, lim­it­ing the risk of spread­ing dis­ease, Nong said car­casses de­cay faster at high tem­per­a­tures and could pol­lute rivers if not cleaned up quickly.

Heavy rains have lashed much of South China over the past fewweeks, caus­ing floods and land­slides, bring­ing down build­ings and desto­ry­ing crops in the re­gion.

The latest rain­storms in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion have killed eight peo­ple and left three oth­ers miss­ing, lo­cal author­i­ties said on Tues­day. Li Xueqing in Shang­hai con­trib­uted to this story.

Po­lice shot dead a man who they say at­tacked sev­eral peo­ple at a train sta­tion in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, on Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cials said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 6:30 am when the man at­tacked pas­sen­gers in the sta­tion’s ticket of­fice with a con­crete brick, the Xi’an Rail­way Public Se­cu­rity Bureau said.

Po­lice of­fi­cers on duty opened fire at the man af­ter he ig­nored re­peated warn­ings to stand down, ac­cord­ing to the bureau’s mi­cro blog.

The man, who was a mem­ber of the Uygur eth­nic group, died later at a hos­pi­tal af­ter emer­gency treat­ment failed, the mi­cro blog said.

The case is un­der fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice in ma­jor Chi­nese cities be­gan pa­trolling with guns last year af­ter a deadly ter­ror­ist at­tack at a rail­way sta­tion in Kun­ming, Yun­nan province.

A group of as­sailants armed with knives ran­domly at­tacked peo­ple at the rail­way sta­tion, caus­ing 31 deaths and in­jur­ing 141 peo­ple, on March 1, 2014. Po­lice shot dead four of the at­tack­ers, and wounded and cap­tured a fe­male sus­pect.

Po­lice are au­tho­rized to shoot some­one who se­ri­ously en­dan­gers the lives of other peo­ple.



3 3. The car­casses of drowned pigs float in flood­wa­ter in Dahua, in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, on Tues­day.

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