Photo report: Torrential rains flood Chengdu and Sichuan
Yesterday's downpour triggered flooding across the city, with pedestrians, cyclists, and cars all caught in the water, which reached up to 1 meter in some places.
The rain affected all modes of transportation, leaving drivers all over the city in a mass gridlock, even some subway stations flooded, 7,000 vehicles held up by landslides in Wenchuan, over 5,000 passengers stranded at Shuangliu Airport, and interrupting train service between Kunming and Chengdu.
Power cuts were reported around the city, some lasting until the following day.
Trees fell, walls toppled with the impact of the swelling earth, drains overflowed, and sidewalk tiles cracked.
The rainfall measured in at 50mm with some areas of the city recording up to 200mm. Over 5,000 lightning flashes were recorded.
Rain is predicted on and off for the next few days, to the delight of some residents.
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The flooding in Chengdu comes on the heels of heavy rain and flooding in Beijing.
Residents there found an alternate use for condoms — keeping their shoes dry.
Other cities in Sichuan, including Dujiangyan and Wenchuan (pictured above), saw flooding and landslides as well.