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Shipping suffers in the wind

STRONG wind and heavy rainfall swept Shanghai yesterday, disrupting shipping movements at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

Seven international cargo ships delayed their berthing schedule and another seven canceled sailing plans at the city's Wusong Port for safety reasons.

Port authorities said water traffic on the Yangtze River was at a standstill because of the strong wind, which continued to get worse during the afternoon.

"We responded to the sudden water traffic problems with an emergency plan, including dispatching more police officers and informing sailors of the latest weather updates," said Guo Xin, a Wusong immigration police official.

He said they could do little else but wait for the weather to clear. Weather forecasters said that would probably be this afternoon.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said yesterday's bad weather was caused by a belt of rain passing over the entire Yangtze River Delta.

It brought with it a fall in temperature - yesterday's maximum was 20 degrees Celsius, some 9 degrees lower than last week's peak.

Tomorrow and Wednesday will be fair and slightly warmer.

However, rain will return on Thursday with temperatures dropping to 18 degrees.

The National Meteorological Center said rainstorms would continue to sweep parts of east China today, with some areas getting thunderstorms, gales or hail stones.

Rainstorms were affecting the eastern provinces of Shandong, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Fujian and south China's Guangdong Province, Xinhua news agency reported.


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