Heavy rainfall darkens city, ravages land, farms, homes

Thunderstorms have been battering Chongqing,  damaging homes and farmland, cutting power supplies, and affecting about 275,000 people since Thursday.

More than 1,500 houses in the southwestern China municipality have been damaged by the continuous storms and another 400 have collapsed, said an un-named authority with the flood control and drought relief headquarters of Chongqing.

More than 6,866 hectares of farmland have been affected by the thunderstorms – with 1,933 hectares of that confirmed as a lost harvest.

There will be another round of thundershowers with heavy winds and hail in Chongqing on Tuesday, according to the forecast released by the municipal meteorological observatory.

In the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, a bridge was destroyed by rain-triggered floods on the Jining-Tongliao Railway.

About 3,800 passengers were stranded on five stalled trains from 7:30 pm on Monday, according to the railway bureau of Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia.

As of midday on Tuesday, most of the stranded passengers had been transferred by car to their destinations or other train stations nearby.

Rainl also battered Hebei Province and neighbouring Beijing, affecting 330,000 people and leaving one person missing as of on Tuesday.

Global Times

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