Typhoon Chaba (Siamba) wreaks havoc in southern China
At about 15:00 on July 2, the typhoon Chaba (Siamba) made landfall off the coast of Dianbai, Guangdong. The intensity at landfall of the typhoon level 12 (115 feet per second) with a central minimum pressure of 965 Hectopascals.
According to the “Dongguan release” WeChat public account, the center of typhoon “Chaba” has moved out of Guangdong. However, the consequences of the peripheral circulation of typhoon “Chaba” still have an effect. It has caused widespread heavy rain and floods in many places.
Authorities in Zhuhai city were forced to evacuate some locals. Zhangjiang City was also affected by heavy rain and strong wind; disrupting aviation, rail and shipping services. Typhoon Chaba damaged electric lines in southern China, causing about 230.000 houses to be without electricity. No casualties have been reported so far.
Fire damage in Chongqing estimated at 1.6 million dollars
On July 2, the Chongqing Yuzhou Trade Cheng door burst into flames at night. A video shows the scene of the fire is overwhelming; black smoke spreads and an explosion can be heard.
In the video, people exclaimed: “It’s terrible!”
Others said: “The fire is out of control!”
The fire area sells mainly paints, waterproofing materials, wires and cables, and other materials.
More than 40 merchants were affected by the fire. Some merchants said that the shops were closed at the time of the incident, so there should be no casualties. However, the material losses from the disaster amounted to millions of dollars.
Flood hits Shantou Chaoyang; the street became an ocean at night
In the afternoon of July 2, typhoon Chaba landed in Dibai, Maoming, Guangdong, becoming the first typhoon to land in China this year. Many places in Shantou were seriously affected.
On the night of July 2, a storm flooded Chaonan, Chaoyan, Shantou. Many vehicles were submerged in water; the roads were flooded and turned into an ocean.
Locals said that in Shantou Gu Rao Town, Dakeng Village, houses were flooded with more than one meter of water, and objects on the second floor were washed away. Rainwater mixed with mud and sand rushed down. The water has entered the houses, and the deepest one has flooded up to two meters (6.6 feet). (video)
Residents also said they were not prepared for the rapid rise of floods. Some think that the main reason is that the drainage systems have not been improved year by year. Besides, China’s weather forecasts are inaccurate and there is a lack of warning for flooding.