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Rainwaters flood 1,409 vehicles in underground garages of S China city


4:12 pm
May 12, 2010



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GUANGZHOU, May 12 (Xinhua) — A total of 1,409
vehicles were flooded after water from a rainstorm poured into 35
underground garages of Guangzhou City, capital of south China's
Guangdong Province, municipal authorities said Tuesday night.

In the worst-hit Tianhe District, 24 underground garages
were flooded, leaving 1,139 vehicles flooded, said Ouyang Ming, deputy
head of the municipal water authorities.

"Guangzhou has nearly 10,000 underground garages. Only a
small fraction were flooded," he said.

Car owners are seeking compensation from garage and
insurance companies.

Car owners of Kangcheng residential estate are demanding
the management company that runs the garage compensate them. More than
370 vehicles, including some luxury cars, were flooded in the storm.

A car owner spokesman surnamed Hu said they would negotiate
with the the agency. A spokesman for the agency said legal procedures
were necessary and the agency would fulfill its lawful obligations.

Flooded vehicles covered by fully comprehensive insurance
plans were entitled to compensation, said Yin Jiangao, a spokesman for
China Insurance Regulatory Commission's Guangdong Bureau.

Guangdong's insurance companies have received 18,240 claims
regarding vehicles damaged in the storm, he added.

But insurance company workers said most car owners were not
likely to be fully compensated.

Car owner spokesman Hu said: "The repair bill will be at
least 150,000 yuan, but the insurance company will only compensate
100,000. Who will cover the gap?" 


Heavy rains kill 70, losses mounting in S China

BEIJING, May 11 — Meteorologists warned
Monday of continuing heavy downpours in a large swath of southern areas
where lashing storms have already claimed at least 70 lives and forced
the relocation of about 145,000 people in less than a week.

The China Meteorological
Administration said torrential rainfalls, strong enough to cause
landslides, are expected in the next three days in the provinces of
Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian, Hunan and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Region, as well as Chongqing Municipality, some of which suffered the
worst drought in a century earlier this year. Full


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