China ‘iPhone City’ relocated 100,000 after record rains, floods
(Bloomberg) – Nearly 100 million people have been relocated from a central Chinese city known as the world’s largest production base for the iPhone, after record daily rains caused massive flooding and reduced At least 12 people were killed.
The city of Zhengzhou in the central Syrian province of Henan received 457.5 mm (18 inches) of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest since then in the city of more than 10 million people, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Did It reported a record 201.9 mm in one hour from 4pm to 5pm, the city’s airport said on its Weibo page, adding that it had temporarily suspended domestic flights.
Henan is one of China’s largest wheat-producing areas and a major machinery manufacturer, while Zheng Zhou is home to the largest iPhone-making plant owned by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precinct Industry Co. Like the company, also known as Foxconn. By the end of the year, Apple Inc. is ready to increase production before the release of the latest devices.
The plant in Zhengzhou, Hanghai, receives components from all over the world and from China that need to assemble iPhones before they can be shipped internationally. A spokesman for Hon said he was looking into the situation.
Pictures published by state media show that much of the city’s roads have been flooded, while videos posted on social media show passengers in flooded out subway cars. Xinhua quoted officials in Henan as saying that 12 people had been confirmed dead Wednesday morning local time.
He added that thousands of rescue workers, including soldiers and firefighters, had been dispatched to the city for relief work.
This flood immediately alerted China’s major cities. Historically, shortages of supply and demand have led to new power outages in homes and factories due to energy shortages. Eleven provinces, including Eastern Manufacturing Habs and Land Silk Central China, saw record demand and peak load increases during the hot weather last week.
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