Shenzhen cancels 265 flights due to heavy storms

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A total of 265 flights into and out of the southern city of Shenzhen had been canceled by 8 p.m. Monday due to rainstorms.

The city issued a "red" alert, the first time the highest warning has been issued this year, for air traffic disruptions on Monday morning, Shenzhen Airport Group said late Monday.

Meanwhile, more than 60 flights have been delayed by over an hour.

Services at the airport have begun to resume when the alert was downgraded to "orange" at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Guangdong flood control authority announced that the rainy season began on Monday, much earlier than the April 15 forecast.

Heavy rain in Guangdong and neighboring Guangxi region over the past two days have seen water levels in some rivers and reservoirs rise to warning levels.

In Ganzhou City of neighboring Jiangxi Province, the effects of rain destroyed 125 houses and damaged 1,500 hectares of crops. Direct economic losses have been estimated at 142 million yuan (22 million U.S. dollars).

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