Chinese flights, expressways effected by downpours

Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 10th July. Chinese local meteorological authorities on Tuesday reported that rainfall has been heaviest in western and north-central parts of Henan, including its capital city of Zhengzhou, with precipitation reached as high as 145 mm.

It noted that downpours lasting from Sunday noon to Monday morning have delayed flights and closed expressways in central China’s Henan Province.

The weather monitor said that as of 8 a.m. on Monday, entrances to the Zhengzhou-Shaolin Temple Expressway and Zhengzhou Ring Expressway were closed because of heavy rainfall.

It added that a flight from Changchun in northeast China’s Jilin Province to Zhengzhou was cancelled, while five other domestic flights were delayed due to the weather.

The provincial Department of Transport has been publicizing weather and road information via social media, radio broadcasts, television and roadside electronic screens and has prepared disaster relief materials such as sandbags in advance at places prone to landslides, rock-mud flows and collapse.

Over 550 emergency response teams consisting of about 30,000 people were formed. In addition, more than 8,000 vehicles, 283 vessels and 2,711 large rescue equipment items, including cranes, bulldozers and excavating machinery, as well as emergency equipment like water pumps and alternators, have been made available in order to cope with extreme situations such as power failures.

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