3 Die After Severe Weather in South East China

Three people have been killed in floods and severe weather which has affected five provinces in southern China.

Heavy rain first began in the region on 8 May 2014. Since then, flooding destroyed as many as 1,500 houses and killed 3 people. The five provinces affected are Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong, Guangxi and Guizhou. Guangdong is believed to be one of the worst affected. The city of Shenzhen which saw over 40cm of rain fall in just 24 hours between 10 and 11 May 2014 – the heaviest rainfall in 6 years.

The city’s drainage system was unable to cope with the downpour and over 150 roads were flooded and several drivers left stranded in their cars. The rain link between Shenzhen and Hong Kong also suffered, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

In 2011, a 32.8 billion yuan project to develop the city’s drainage and flood control was announced by the Shenzhen Water Affairs Bureau. It appears there was little evidence of the work during the recent rainfall.

Shenzhen has suffered from similar severe flooding in August 2013 and April 2014. It is thought that rapid urbanisation and the eradication of green spaces and natural drainage areas is responsible for the increase in flood frequency.

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Flooding in Shenzhen, China
Flooding in Shenzhen, China, 11 May 2014

Sources: South China Morning Post