Wed, 27 Sep 2023

BEIJING, China: Continuous heavy rain triggered by the remnants of former Typhoon Haikui has resulted in more than 100 landslides, stranded approximately 1,360 residents in floodwaters, and claimed the lives of at least seven individuals in southern China, according to state media.

Typhoon Haikui made landfall in southern China last week and has since weakened into a tropical storm. However, unceasing rainfall persists in southwestern Guangxi.

This week, unrelenting storms across Yulin city led to 115 landslides, causing road damage, uprooting trees, and causing flooding. This prompted authorities to issue emergency warnings for national and provincial highways. Three individuals are still missing, and rescue efforts are underway.

Moving further south along the coast, Beihai city faced extensive flooding due to heavy rainfall. Rescuers navigated through thigh-deep water to evacuate residents by boat. On September 12, about 1,360 people were trapped, as per state media reports.

The city's observatory raised its storm warning to the highest level in a four-tier alert system after more than four inches of rain fell in three hours the same morning. It warned of flash floods, geological disasters, and waterlogging in urban and rural areas.

Haikui, which weakened to a tropical storm after its landfall in southeastern Fujian province on September 5, caused severe damage in the populous city of Shenzhen last week, with historic levels of rainfall recorded since 1952. Neighboring Hong Kong also experienced its worst storm in 140 years.

The China Meteorological Administration forecast heavy rains in the south and southeast of Guangxi this week, along with storms in the southwest. Some areas may see localized hourly precipitation of up to 2.76 inches.

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