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Flood alert for low-lying areas

THERE may be some flooding in low-lying areas during the upcoming flood season although control measures have been tightened citywide over the past year, authorities said yesterday.

The Shanghai Water Authority said 11 drainage systems along with 32 kilometers of pipes across the city had been renovated or replaced by last month.

"We have also been clearing the sludge since last May to make the drainage more efficient," Zhuang Minjie, an official with the authority said yesterday.

"We check the pipes every month to make sure that they will work well during the flood season."

However, Zhuang said residents in low-lying areas, especially old communities such as the Dinghai area in Yangpu District and Longhua in Xuhui District might still suffer floods during heavy rain as the drainage systems there had not yet been updated.

"Some of the residential areas were built years ago and the ground there was even below the newly paved road nearby," Zhuang said. "It was not easy to change the system in such old areas, which would involve multiple parties including the residents, developer and road authorities."

To deal with potential floods, the authority has established an emergency team with 16 pump trucks, which cost about 11 million yuan (US$1.6 million).

The flood season is usually from June to September.


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