Heavy rain disrupts road, air traffic in southwest China

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At the Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu, the provincial capital, 52 inbound flights had landed at alternative airports while 76 flights were canceled as of 3:80 a.m. Sunday.

CHENGDU, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Torrential rain has disrupted road and air traffic in several cities in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Sunday.

Sichuan has been battered by heavy rain this summer. Meteorological authorities have warned the public to be prepared for potential disasters as the rain continues.

As of 9 a.m. Sunday, a total of 167 sections of 31 national and provincial highways in Sichuan had been blocked due to flooding and landslides caused by the downpours.