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Drainage systems struggle to cope

THE heavy rainfall brought by Haikui became a major challenge for Shanghai's drainage system as hundreds of roads were flooded yesterday afternoon leaving vehicles broken down in the middle of the road.

From 8am to 5pm yesterday, most parts of the city, apart from the islands of Chongming County, suffered a downpour of more than 100 millimeters.

The Zhennanbei area of Putuo District had the most at 194 millimeters. Precipitation in suburban districts of Jinshan, Songjiang, Fengxian and Jiading all exceeded 125 millimeters, the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters said last night.

More than 400 roads were flooded by yesterday's rain with water levels from 10 to 30 centimeters, and at least 18 of them had to be closed to traffic.

Flooding over 20 centimeters deep was spotted at the Middle Ring Road exit of Tongchuan Road in Putuo District, Fuxing Road M. in Xuhui District and Kunshan Road, Wusong Road and Sichuan Road N. in Hongkou District.

"The Jingling Church is now like a waterpark," a pastor surnamed Ding said on his microblog. The church is on the flooded Kunshan Road in Hongkou, where the drainage system could barely cope as it is still under renovation.

More than 8,900 traffic police officers were sent to flooded roads across the city.

The maximum water level at the Hongkou Port reached 4.3 meters.

The water levels of Pengyuepu Creek and Taopu Creek were also over the alert level.

The water level of Suzhou Creek almost reached the top of its dyke as the drainage system reached its peak capacity.

The turning off of the pumps because of the rising of the creeks worsened the flood situation in Hongkou, Zhabei and Putuo districts, flood headquarters officials said.

Nearly 1,000 households were flooded in the rain with water accumulating to depths of five to 20 centimeters.

Residents in a neighborhood on Gonghexin Road near Guangzhong Road were asked to leave yesterday afternoon when flooding in the area reached 50 centimeters and there was a danger of electric shocks.


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