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Heavy rain causes flooding, disrupts traffic in Guangdong, Jiangxi

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Heavy rain causes flooding, disrupts traffic in Guangdong, Jiangxi
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Heavy rain causes flooding, disrupts traffic in Guangdong, Jiangxi

2024-04-20 21:43 Last Updated At:22:07

Severe downpours on Friday and Saturday have stranded many residents at homes and disrupted train and traffic across Guangdong and Jiangxi, prompting local authorities in the southern and eastern provinces to take emergency measures.

On Saturday morning, some trains on the Beijing-Guangzhou route through Shaoguan and Yingde cities in northern Guangdong were canceled or rerouted due to the heavy rain, leaving many passengers stranded at Shaoguan East Railway Station.

The railway authority quickly organized shuttle buses to transport affected passengers to the Shaoguan Railway Station, where six high-speed trains were deployed to ferry passengers to Guangzhou South Railway Station.

The first group of 930 passengers arrived at the Guangzhou South Railway Station in the morning. Additional staff and volunteers were on hand to assist vulnerable passengers at the station.

In Shaoguan City, intense rainfall over the last 24 hours has resulted in significant urban waterlogging and disruptions to several national and provincial roads.

Emergency responders including firefighters and armed police have been relocating residents and conducting road repairs.

According to the weather bureau, the heavy rainfall is expected to persist until Monday.

Meanwhile, the province of Jiangxi has issued an orange alert, the third highest in China's four-tier rainstorm warning system. In Dingnan County of Ganzhou City, water levels in small to medium rivers have risen significantly, leading to flooding in some areas.

Local sanitation workers have been urgently clearing clogged sewers in waterlogged areas to drain floodwater and maintain traffic flow.

"We are clearing clogged sewers one by one to ensure that rainwater can drain quickly. We're also intensifying patrols on key roads to promptly deal with any blockages or drainage," said Li Ning, director of the Sanitation Office at the Urban Management Bureau of Dingnan County.

Since Friday night, much of Jiangxi has experienced heavy rainfall which has caused river and reservoir levels to rise.

In preemptive actions, several medium to large reservoirs in the cities of Ganzhou and Xinyu were opened to discharge water, aiming to reduce pressure and mitigate potential flooding.

As of 13:00 on Saturday, water levels of all large- and medium-sized reservoirs in Jiangxi were below flood limits, so were the levels of major rivers in the province.

Heavy rain causes flooding, disrupts traffic in Guangdong, Jiangxi

Heavy rain causes flooding, disrupts traffic in Guangdong, Jiangxi

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2024-05-25 00:50 Last Updated At:01:17

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technologies and AI-themed exhibits are dominating the 20th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) that officially opened in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province on Thursday, ensuring visitors of a brighter and smarter future.

For the first time, the five-day event has set up an international cultural trade exhibition, with an exhibition area spanning 20,000 square meters.

The main venue consists of eight pavilions focused on areas such as the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area's cultural industry innovation, the integration of culture and tourism, gaming and e-sports, and Guochao, also known as Chinese trends or "China chic".

A special exhibition of "Cultural and Creative China" has been set up at the fair to showcase the latest achievements in promoting the creative transformation and innovative development of fine traditional Chinese culture.

Visitors can have an immersive experience at the historical sites across China without personally visiting them via the cutting-edge AI applications.

The state-of-the-art technologies can also "revive" the ancient people who passed away thousands of years ago, helping visitors understand more about history and civilizations through the analysis of available data. Additionally, people can use AI to create interactive experiences and simulated conversations with the historical figures.

An AI-controlled mouse that can listen to users' voice commands and convert them into text wows visitors. Exhibitors say the tool is expected to be a game-changer to make our jobs more convenient and efficient.

According to the organizers, the event held offline and online simultaneously has attracted over 6,000 government entities, cultural organizations and enterprises, with more than 120,000 exhibits on display.

More than 300 overseas exhibitors from 60 countries and regions are participating in the fair.

Established in 2004, the fair has become a leading cultural event in China and an important platform to assist the Chinese culture in going global.

AI-themed exhibits prominent at int'l cultural industries fair

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