Dozens of districts in Nanjing have been transformed into swamps of murky water thanks to two days of heavy downpour that brought over 441 mm of rain upon the city.
A total of 1,500 military personnel were dispatched to Nanjing, Changzhou and Wuxi to help stranded residents, and many villagers had to move out of their houses as standing water reached dangerous levels.
Walkways between dormitory buildings at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology were also partially submerged, forcing students to use long wooden boards to cross between the buildings.
Despite the inconveniences caused by the weather, two windsurfers in the east of the city still managed to get their jollies.
Several netizens speculated that the two men spotted maneuvering the flooded streets were advertising for their water sports club, but the club told reporters that the surfers had no intention of doing so.
Apparently, they were headed towards another company to fix a broken boat and had strapped the boards on their cars. After their vehicle ended up stranded on one of the inundated streets, they decided it’d probably be easier to travel by windsurfing.
“It’s for fun,” said one of the surfers, “we rarely ever get to play water sports on the streets.”
We sincerely hope that’s true.
Outside of Nanjing, other areas in Jiangsu and nearby Anhui province were also battered by major downpour. Mail carriers in Changzhou, Jiangsu have adapted to the conditions by using small inflatable boats to deliver packages to customers.
Fortunately (or unfortunately for some), weather forecasters said that Nanjing residents can expect clear skies after Wednesday.
[Images via Hainan.net]
By Sharon Choi