Traffic woes as floods hit Shanghai

Some areas of Shanghai were heavily flooded after a strong downpour yesterday. As Chinese netizens mocked the outdated drainage system in one of China's most prosperous cities, Shanghai issued an alert yesterday warning of potential geological disast
Some areas of Shanghai were heavily flooded after a strong downpour yesterday. As Chinese netizens mocked the outdated drainage system in one of China's most prosperous cities, Shanghai issued an alert yesterday warning of potential geological disasters as the torrential downpour was forecast to continue causing problems.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

SHANGHAI - Flights were cancelled and schools were closed in storm-hit Shanghai yesterday, as Chinese mocked the country's financial centre for its outdated drainage system.

Pictures of flooded Shanghai went viral on China's biggest micro-blogging platform Sina Weibo, with many making fun of bad traffic and criticising the backward drainage system of one of the most prosperous cities in China.

"Come to Shanghai and I can take you for a trip on water. Remember to bring a boat," a Weibo user said in a post.

"Are there any apps for me to rent a raft?" said another.

Shanghai issued an alert yesterday warning of potential geological disasters as the torrential downpour, which started early this week, was forecast to continue causing problems.

Some districts had received rainfall of more than 240mm by noon, Shanghai's Drainage Administration said yesterday, adding that the current facilities would allow most districts to handle rain falling at 36mm per hour.

Despite its economic wealth, Shanghai was highlighted in 2012 as the most vulnerable major city in the world to serious flooding, BBC reported, citing a study by a team of scientists from Britain and the Netherlands.

CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2015, with the headline 'Traffic woes as floods hit Shanghai'. Print Edition | Subscribe