Warning issued over heavy rain, flooding
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.