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Shaanxi ‘sponge city’ pilot areas remain safe despite heavy rains

Updated: Jul 28,2016 4:35 PM     Xinhua

Photo taken on July 26, 2016, shows landscaped plants on rooftops in Xixian new area of Shaanxi province. The green roofs can absorb rainwater, which is part of a special rainfall collection system in the area, one of the pilot zones in China designated to build sponge cities. In the summer, downpours have paralyzed many cities in China, but Xixian new area remains intact during the stormy weather.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on July 26, 2016 shows the median strip in Xixian new area. When it rains, the filters made up of pebbles, cinder and sand will purify and collect rainwater, and reduce flooding. [Photo/Xinhua]

A staff member introduces the rain garden in a housing estate in Xixian new area, Shaanxi province. It is designed to manage and purify rainwater.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on July 26 shows a rain garden in Xixian new area, Shaanxi province.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on July 26 shows a park in Fengxi new city of Xixian new area, Shaanxi province. Most of the parks there are paved with permeable bricks, with sand buried below the ground, in order to absorb rainwater.[Photo/Xinhua]

Photo taken on July 26 shows the central green corridor in Fengxi new city of Shaanxi province. The 6.9-kilometer corridor, with an area of 180 hectares, is designed to control flooding, collect rainfall, and conserve water.[Photo/Xinhua]

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