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Road drainage improvements under way

WORK has begun to renovate drainage systems on roads across Shanghai, and the work should be finished this year, the authorities said yesterday.

Drainage at 14 roads are to undergo repairs as part of an annual project to improve the city's drainage capacity.

Work under way on Kunshan Road, Hongkou District, involves replacing 600-millimeter pipes with 800mm ones, said the drainage department of the Shanghai Water Bureau.

"It's just like a surgery, we open the road, find the narrow pipes and replace them with wider ones," said Ma Yuandong, director of the department.

"After the work, drainage can run more smoothly."

The Kunshan Road project should be finished by the end of August, while the other 13 projects - including Jiaozhou Road in Jing'an District and Julu Road in Huangpu District - should be started soon, Ma said.

Shanghai saw 369.5 millimeters of rain in June - more than 150 percent the June average - but only around 10 streets were reported flooded.

This low figure is testimony to the city's drainage system, said the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters.

Between January to May, accumulations were cleaned out of more than 5,520 kilometers of drainage pipes, Ma told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

"Every year we pre-evacuate our pipes before the flood season so that the system can work to full capacity," Ma said.

Last year, more than 14,000 kilometers of pipes were maintained and 310,000 cubic meters of mud evacuated, Ma said.

The authority plans to maintain 15,000km this year.

Meanwhile, vice mayor Shen Jun visited dykes and construction sites yesterday to check flood controls, as the city enters its main flood season today.

Flood control staff have been put on standby for the next two months to deal with expected thundershowers and typhoons.

At least two typhoons are predicted for Shanghai this year, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Yesterday's mercury reached 36.1 degrees Celsius, the highest this year, said the bureau.

The heat triggered the bureau to issue this year's first yellow heat alert, the lowest of the three-level system, yesterday morning.

The weather this week should be mostly cloudy with thundershowers, the bureau said.

Temperatures should stay high, and the average high should be above 33 degrees, the bureau said.

Today is forecast overcast with thundershowers and readings should range from a low of 26 degrees to a high of 32.

Tomorrow should be showery to cloudy, and the high is expected to hit 33 degrees.


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