Nearly 200 millimeters of rain poured down on Wuhan yesterday within a period of eight hours, making it the highest rainfall recorded in the past 50 years. According to Oriental Daily, the rainfall reached 197 millimeters between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Local authorities said many roads were flooded, with the highest standing water reaching 50 centimeters.
Cars broke down in the middle of the streets after getting trapped in the swamp-like conditions. Public transportation was also affected as a number of bus routes had to be adjusted, and parts of the city’s subway stations had to go temporarily out of service.
Streams of water could be seen shooting out from the cracks of the walls in subway stations, while the train tracks were completed flooded. A 200 meter section of wall in the Wuchang district exit collapsed, burying two passersby, one of whom was seriously injured.
Flights services were disrupted in Wuhan Tianhe Airport. As of 3:00 p.m. yesterday, 71 flights were delayed, 13 cancelled and dozens more destined for Wuhan were diverted to other airports such as Changsha, Hefei and Xi’an.
By Joyce Ng
[Images via Oriental Daily]