Published: 09:21, May 19, 2024 | Updated: 16:18, May 19, 2024
Heavy rain strikes Guangxi
By Zhang Li and Shi Ruipeng in Nanning
Roads are suffering severe waterlogging as heavy rain hit Nanning, capital city of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region since Saturday. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Over 30 passenger trains have suspended operation from Saturday to Monday morning due to the heavy rain in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, announced Nanning Railway Bureau on Saturday.

From Saturday to the Sunday morning, Guangxi's northern, central and coastal regions experienced heavy rain, with some areas seeing intense downpours.

Cities of Qinzhou, Fangchenggang and Nanning faced exceptionally heavy rainfall, with Longmengang town of Qinzhou recording a 24-hour rainfall accumulation of 610.5 millimeters, making a record high for the city

Cities of Qinzhou, Fangchenggang and Nanning faced exceptionally heavy rainfall, with Longmengang town of Qinzhou recording a 24-hour rainfall accumulation of 610.5 millimeters, making a record high for the city.

At 3 am on Sunday, the town witnessed a one-hour downpour of 189.6 millimeters, setting a new record for hourly rainfall in the region.

As of 3 am, the rainfall in Nanning approached nearly 200 millimeters, triggering a Level One response to prevent urban waterlogging. Currently, the city's emergency response teams have deployed a total of 625 personnel for flood prevention and control, along with 105 vehicles and 80 sets of pumping equipment. All drainage pumping stations in the city have been put into operation.

China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters activated a Level-IV emergency response on Saturday due to anticipated heavy rainfall in parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and the Pearl River over the next three days.

From Saturday to Tuesday, China's southwestern and southern regions may experience heavy rain, accompanied by thunderstorms, gales and hail, the country's meteorological authorities have forecast.

Work teams have been dispatched to Guangdong to provide guidance on rainfall prevention efforts.

Rescue personnel evacuating citizens trapped in the rain on Sunday in Nanning, capital city of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region since Saturday. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Chinese authorities have urged local departments to strengthen early warning systems and contingency measures to prevent floods in small and medium-sized rivers, as well as potential geological disasters.

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China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most severe response.

With Xinhua inputs