No, the rain has not gone away. After torrential rains pounded much of southern China over the last month or so, resulting in severe flooding that left over 160 people dead, it appears that it is now the north’s turn.
Pictures of submerged streets in Henan, Hunan, Tianjin and even Beijing have flooded onto the Chinese internet today. For instance, here are some scenes from commuting in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province:
And from Tianjin:
It seems that not even the Great Wall of China itself could stand up to this storm. A minor landslide occurred just below one section of the wall near Tianjin.
At least 167 millimeters of precipitation have fallen in Hunan province, meaning that commuters are in for a wet ride.
Many tourist attractions in Hunan have been shut down and bus services delayed. This would seem to be a particularly bad time to visit Zhangjiajie — unless you have a raft:
Beijing issued an orange alert for heavy rain earlier today, causing more than 50 flights to be canceled. Meanwhile, many areas in north China are experiencing the strongest rainfall of the year, with flooded streets and waterlogged pedestrians.
One poor Porsche ended up in the water for more than three hours. The owner said that he hadn’t bothered to call for a tow truck, complaining that “The car is useless, no matter what I do.” Hopefully, he has some flood insurance on that thing.
Of course, every cloud has its silver lining. Serious flooding has meant free and easy fishing on the streets of northern China, though one man was spotted pushing the fishies back out to sea.
Particularly hard hit by all the rain, was the city of Handan, Hebei province:
Driving in Handan city, Hebei. pic.twitter.com/Y1rTwLKXXp
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) July 20, 2016
ECNS reports that the recent flooding has so far caused one death with eight people missing. Considering all these pictures, we’d expect that number to rise.
And interestingly, all that water seems to have brought with it many false reports and pics of severe flooding in Beijing. State media has been quick to correct fabricated posts online, even when they are made on Twitter:
— China SCIO (@chinascio) July 20, 2016
Still, some images are unmistakable:
By Katie Ngai
[Images via Weibo]