Heavy rainfall has caused flooding across China in recent weeks. In Qingdao, a city in Shandong province, the water flows were severe enough to turn streets into rivers and wash away vehicles.
On June 26, Qingdao Meteorology said that the city would undergo heavy rainstorms during the day, which would persist until at least the following day. In the evening, at 5:45 p.m., a rainstorm red warning was issued.
China Weather Network reported that the downpour that day inundated many streets and caused serious urban waterlogging in many places. The outlet said this round of rainfall was the heaviest since this year’s flood season in northern China.
Online reports from residents showed the floods were waist-deep and submerged cars halfway up the doors. A video showed that the overflow happened so quickly and abruptly that people were trapped in their vehicles.
In different footage, a bus caused a wave that shook floating cars as it moved along the flooded street. The rain appeared to have stopped in this scene.
Not only Qingdao but also other places in Shandong province were also affected by the downpour. Among those listed by China Weather Network were Zaozhuang, Rizhao, Weifang, Gaomi, and Jining cities. However, the downfall in Gaomi and Wenshang was the most serious, with residents saying it was like a waterfall.
Dazhong Daily reported on June 28 that the heavy rainfall damaged more than 1,000 hectares of crops in Qingdao, Weifang, Tai’an, Rizhao, and Heze. In addition, four houses collapsed, five homes were generally damaged, and the direct economic loss was over $1.3 million. However, the outlet said no casualties had been identified yet. There is no disaster report for the remaining 11 cities.