Over 9,000 air passengers were stranded on Wednesday due to heavy rains in southwest China’s Sichuan province, according to local authorities.
A rainstorm hit the Chengdu city from 3 am to 5 am on Wednesday. Again from 10:30 am, heavy rain again pelted through the city, forcing the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to temporarily close both of its runways twice.
So far a total of 34 flights had been cancelled, 98 delayed and 30 landed at alternate airports, leaving 9,000 passengers stranded at the airport, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Sichuan has been battered by heavy rains this summer. Meteorological authorities have warned the public to be prepared for potential disasters as the rain continues.