On July 2, typhoon ” Siamba” (named ” Furong” in Taiwan) landed in Maoming City, Guangdong. The storm caused severe flooding and disrupted civil aviation, railways, and shipping. The typhoon also damaged power grids in Zhanjiang and Maoming, leaving over 230,000 households without power.
The Shilu Reservoir on the Changjiang River in Hainan has emergency flood discharge.
Before the typhoon struck, “dragon water” appeared on the seaside near Jizhao Bay, Wuchuan City, Zhanjiang City, on June 30, and Qing’ao Bay, Nan’ao County, Shantou City, on July 2 morning. There were tornadoes in Douwen Village, Xulong Village, and Longmei Village in Yangzhen on July 2.
After the typhoon made landfall, a tornado appeared near Xiqiao Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City, on July 2 evening and near No. 111 Kangnan Road, Nangang Street, Huangpu District, Guangzhou City, on July 4.
In the Guangxi region, local forecasters issued red warning signals for the cities of Bobai and Luchuan, which have a combined population of nearly 3 million.
According to Reuters, Liu Weiping, Vice Minister of Water Resources, was interviewed by Outlook Weekly, managed by the official Xinhua news agency.
Liu said that rain had affected rivers, with 425 rivers above flood warning levels since late March, an increase of 80 percent over the same period before 1998.
Liu said, “Some shortcomings and weak links can be seen in our counter-flood and disaster relief systems,” adding that China will step up monitoring these disadvantages.
On the morning of July 2, when the Chinese engineering vessel “Fujiing 001” was in the waters near Yangjiang, Guangdong, trying to avoid the typhoon, the anchor chain broke.
Authorities said that more than two dozen crew members out of a total of 30 members aboard the engineering vessel went missing after the ship broke in two. So far, 12 bodies have been recovered from the waters near the sinking site, and at least 14 others are still missing.
Forecasters predicted that extreme weather, including heavy flooding, will continue in China through August.