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Thunderstorms bring chaos to flights and flooding to roads

MORE than 100 flights were canceled and another 110 delayed at Shanghai’s two airports yesterday due to thunderstorms that also brought flooding to roads in the city.

By 11am, 46 flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and other Chinese cities had been canceled at the Hongqiao International Airport.

Hongqiao was affected more severely than the Pudong International Airport, where 60 flights were delayed.

Most flights between Shanghai and Beijing — the busiest route for the city’s airports — were delayed or canceled up to last night due to the conditions or air traffic controls.

Although the weather later cleared up, the Shanghai Airport Authority said most flights to Beijing last night were still delayed by more than two hours.

Delays were also expected on the Shanghai-Beijing route today through the rest of the week due to air traffic controls, said officials.

Yesterday’s was the heaviest rainfall since the end of plum rain season earlier this month, bringing flooding to roads in suburban districts and gridlock to downtown traffic in morning rush hour.

Showers and some thunder and lightning are expected today and tomorrow with temperatures rising to 33 degrees Celsius — nearly 10 degrees higher than yesterday, local forecasters said.

The city’s weather authority issued a rainstorm yellow alert, the third-highest, at 7am yesterday as more than 30 monitoring stations around the city recorded rainfall of 50 millimeters per hour.

Among areas affected were downtown Xuhui, Putuo and Changning districts, the Pudong New Area and suburban Qingpu, Minhang and Jiading districts.

By 9am, 30 major roads in Pudong and Jiading were flooded, causing widespread traffic disruption.

The meteorological bureau in Pudong upgraded its rain alert to orange — the second highest level — at 9:30am.

A road beneath the G2 Shanghai-Beijing Highway in Jiading was closed for two hours during the morning rush after 50 centimeters of water was accumulated on the road, while the Outer Ring highway was flooded and closed for a time about 9am.

“Some drainage systems were blocked by falling leaves, which caused flooding on some roads,” an official with the city’s flood prevention and control authority said.

Some 10 households and stores in Pudong, Jiading, Baoshan and Fengxian districts were flooded.

However, no major traffic accidents or injuries were reported.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau lifted the rainstorm alert at 3:30pm.

The heavy rainfall saw the Air Quality Index staying at 30 yesterday and the air quality watchdog is forecasting good air quality this morning.

However, slight pollution will return later today, the Shanghai Environmental Monitoring Center said.

Meanwhile, temperatures are set to reach 35 degrees for the first time this year on Saturday, said the bureau.


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