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Showers return but not so strong

SHOWERS are expected to come back today but should not be as big as earlier predicted with the weakening of Haikui, forecasters said yesterday.

The temperatures should climb above 30 degrees Celsius again.

Haikui, the strongest typhoon to affect Shanghai in recent years, arrived in Chizhou City in Anhui Province yesterday afternoon and its strength has weakened to a tropical depression, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Typhoon and rain storm alerts were lifted yesterday morning.

However, with the remains of Haikui hanging around, Shanghai should still be cloudy and overcast today and tomorrow with scattered showers, the bureau said.

The mercury today and tomorrow should be around 32 degrees Celsius. The temperatures should gradually increase in the next few days.

Residents evacuated after their homes are flooded last night started to return yesterday as Haikui moved on and floodwaters were drained.

All flooded roads were cleared yesterday, said the Shanghai Flood Control Headquarters.

Meanwhile, power cut to some areas by Haikui was restored after more than 9,000 workers were dispatched across the city, the headquarters said.

Officials said more work is needed to improve Shanghai's flood control system as it did not work to full capacity in Wednesday's downpour. The drainage department of Shanghai Water Authority said the rising of the city's inland rivers made it hard to drain the rainwater.

The only way to solve the problem would be building pumping stations at the water gates, which would take years to plan and construct, said Zhang Zhengyu, a coordinator of the flood control headquarters.


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