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Shanghai soaked but left mostly unscathed

THE remnants of typhoon Morakot drenched Shanghai yesterday but passed on to the north without serious consequences.

The chief disruptions were delays in shipping and some bus route suspensions.

Rainfall from the downgraded storm left water standing on more than 20 streets in four districts early yesterday, the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters said. Water also flooded more than 20 homes in Hongkou and Qingpu districts.

All the streets and homes were clear later in the day.

The Chenfangqiao area in Songjiang District reported the most rainfall yesterday, with 11.4 centimeters. Most downtown areas were hit with more than 5 centimeters, weather forecasters said.

The wind, which ranged from 39 to 74 kilometers per hour, knocked down a scaffold in Huangpu District yesterday, damaging seven cars but causing no human casualties, the flood control headquarters said.

The local port immigration authority said yesterday afternoon that there were still 200-plus international ships, mostly container vessels, at anchor in local waters as strong winds were still buffeting the mouth of the Yangtze River.

A dozen bus services to some cities in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces remained suspended yesterday because of wind and flooding along the routes. Trips to Guangzhou and Shenzhen in south China resumed yesterday following suspension on Sunday.

Although Morakot was moving away from the city, rain and thunderstorms were forecast for every day this week. The maximum temperature will rise to 32 degrees Celsius this week, according to the city weather bureau.


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