As China continues to grapple with floods, a social media user Friday shared a video saying the airport at Dalian city of Liaoning province was closed due to inundation. In the video, a man, presumably an employee at the airport, can be seen wading through knee-deep water toward an aiplane.
The same user shared another video and said people were rescued in a bus as cars could not ply in the flooded airport.
The Twitter user also posted several other pictures showing the destruction caused by floods in the area.
An alert was issued Thursday by China’s Ministry of Water Resources for mountain torrents in the region. The warning said parts of the northeastern provinces — Heilongjiang and Liaoning — were “likely to receive mountain torrents between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday,” Chinese news agency Xinhua News reported. The report said local officials were asked to step up real-time monitoring and stay prepared to carry out evacuation work. Heavy rains that are common in the region in summers lead to mountain torrents.
While the videos posted on Twitter suggested heavy rains recently hit the area, an official statement on the current situation in the region could not be found.
Another similar alert was issued by China’s weather observatory Wednesday that said rain was expected in most parts in the north, and some parts of south China. “From Wednesday to Thursday, heavy rain is expected in parts of Shandong, Tianjin, Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong,” the statemet said, Xinhua reported.
On Tuesday, the government allocated 1 billion yuan ($148m) for the regions affected by the flood. The government had earlier released 1.3 billion yuan ($194m) for the relief work.
Since June, floods and droughts have hit north and south China, with some regions severely affected. Chinese officials said Saturday 10 people lost their lives in the floods and more than 70,000 people were evacuated in northwestern Shaanxi province alone since the flood hit the area.
In Jilin, a province in northeastern China, more than 18 people have died due to floods so far, and more than 100,000 people have been displaced, reports said. The authorities issued a yellow alert in the province. China has color codes for issuing warning. A red…