Torrential rains and flash flooding in Kunming have caused an estimated 84 million yuan (US$13.6 million) in damage to the city. Floodwaters have destroyed real estate and at least one person is missing, according to a report by the Yunnan Provincial Department of Civil Affairs.
Initial reports estimate flooding affected more than 77,000 Spring City residents. That number appears to be an extremely conservative evaluation as thousands of ground-level residences and businesses have been completely inundated.
Flooding snarled traffic in low-lying intersections and covered parked cars in almost a meter of water. The north and east of the city appear to have borne the brunt of the flooding.
Areas around the Railway Museum on Beijing Road were completely cordoned off as underpasses were submerged by over four meters of water. Emergency crews worked long into the night in often vain attempts to drain floodwaters.
A bird's eye view of emergency workers trying to clear water from an underpass at the city's North Railway Station. At its highpoint, water was roughly four meters deep in the underpass.
A view up Beijing Lu, where the under-construction subway was completely submerged.
A ruined restaurant sits under more than a meter of water.
Two friends make their way through a flooded intersection on a tricycle.
A traffic police officer shares his island with stranded pedestrians.
Flooded fields at Kunming's University of Finance and Economics.
A man assesses the damage inside his flooded apartment complex.
Shopkeepers try to save some of their inventory amidst rising waters.
A young man helps an elderly man navigate the floodwaters on Beijing Lu.
An elderly woman asks a passerby for help with her flooded shop.
At least the battery and lights still work.
Emergency workers were dispatched to several major intersections around Kunming.
Workers pushing their truck up Beijing Lu.
Although people attempted to drive, water around the city ultimately brought traffic in low-lying areas to a standstill.