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Forecasters warn of ‘intense’ rainy season

THE arrival of the annual flood season means cooler temperatures and more rain in Shanghai this week.

Today’s maximum will be around 25 degrees with scattered showers in some areas. For the rest of the week, it will be overcast and cloudy with temperatures rising to 28 degrees, the city’s weather bureau said yesterday.

At the weekend, the temperature is expected to rise to 29 degrees.

Forecasters say this year’s rainy season will be shorter and more intense than last year and there will be more hot days this summer than in most previous years.

Two typhoons are set to influence the city and are expected to be stronger than those of previous years, the city’s flood prevention authority said.

The first rainstorm of the summer hit the city on Sunday with some 50 millimeters of rain falling in most areas but officials said the water didn’t  cause problems on local roads.

However, more than 150 flights were delayed and 20 were diverted to land at neighboring Zhejiang Province when thunderstorms affected operations at both Hongqiao and Pudong international airports.

Last August saw floods in many parts of the city, and the situation this year is “not optimistic,” said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority.

Stronger typhoons and rainstorms posed a threat to the city’s flood prevention campaign, he said.

The flood-prevention authority has spent 30 million yuan (US$4.8 million) to repair levees in Jinshan, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Jiading districts that were flooded during last year’s storms.

Some 230 kilometers of levees along with 144 floodgates have been reinforced.

Downtown, some 1,000 kilometers of anti-flooding levees and 2,000 floodgates have been inspected.

Qilianshan Road in Putuo District, which was submerged in a flood last year, has been fortified with several pump stations and flood channels to minimize problems this year, Gu said.


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