A newly built Shijiazhuang railway station, costing the city over 4,000,000,000 RMB, was transformed into a beautiful “waterfall cave” after it failed to stop leakage during a heavy rainstorm, Apple Daily reports.
Web users who uploaded images of the station online said that service was nearly all paralyzed, as most trains were stuck at Zhengding Airport Station.
The Shijiazhuang area suffered from torrential rainfall, resulting in suspended service from the Shijiazhuang to Huolu section of the Shitai Line.
Some web users attributed the water leakage to the design of the station. In an attempt to save energy, the building takes advantage of natural lighting with a windowed roof. It’s hard to cover all the windows in a timely manner, however, if heavy rain or a typhoon approaches, allowing water to pour inside the lobby.
The station apologized for the inconvenience caused by the rainstorm and cleaned up the station overnight.
Shijiazhuang station, a 4,230,000,000 investment, began operation in 2012. This is the second time it’s experienced severe water leakage after the west portion of the station became flooded in May last year.
[Images via Apple Daily]
By Christy Lau