“Dragon Boat Water” is here.
Recently, #GuangzhouHeavy Rain# has become a trending topic on Weibo. The phenomenon of “flooded streets” has appeared in many areas, especially in Huangpu District and Zengcheng District. The Guangzhou factory may be affected by heavy rain.
On the other side, the United States was also hit by heavy rains. Rising water levels caused two dams to burst, causing about 10,000 people to evacuate in central Michigan. By the morning of the 20th, nearby A city may be flooded.
On the 20th, Dow in Michigan announced the closure of its factory.
Heavy rain in Guangzhou, many places were flooded! Chemical storage may be affected!
From the evening of the 21st to the early morning of the 22nd, under the influence of the powerful southwest monsoon, Guangzhou and Dongguan suffered heavy rains, becoming the center of Guangdong’s first “Dragon Boat Water” event this year.
City waterlogging is serious, with water accumulation more than one meter deep, stalls on the first floor are flooded, and garages and vehicles have flooded with water in many places Flooding phenomenon. Heavy rain caused the suspension of Guangzhou Metro Line 13, and classes were suspended throughout the day in Huangpu District, Guangzhou.
It is worth mentioning that Guangzhou Huangpu District and Zengcheng District are the main gathering places for Guangzhou chemical companies. According to data provided by the Guangzhou Municipal Work Safety Supervision Bureau, there are currently 174 hazardous chemical production companies, more than 2,200 operating companies, 4 licensed companies, and 106 transportation companies in Guangzhou. Among them, production and operation enterprises are mainly located in Huangpu, Nansha and Zengcheng districts. In the central urban areas of Guangzhou, such as Yuexiu District and Liwan District, the distributed enterprises only have office space and no warehouses.
The dam burst! Over 10,000 people “escaped”! Dow factory closed
According to the Associated Press report on the 19th, heavy rain began to fall in central Michigan since last Sunday (17th). Edenville Dam in Midland County and Samford University’s downstream dam failed after water levels rose. The federal weather service subsequently issued a flood warning along the Tittabawassee River downstream of the two dams. More than 10,000 people were evacuated urgently.
According to local media, the collapse Both dams have been judged by the government to have quality problems since 2018, particularly their inadequate ability to handle floods. The operating license was subsequently revoked and the dam is currently for sale.
On May 20, the Dow factory located on the banks of the Tittabawassee River announced that in addition to the safety management of chemical containment Outside the required facilities, all field operating units have been safely shut down and all rail cars secured.
According to public reports, there is also a small nuclear research reactor in the Dow factory area, which is used to manufacture materials that can be used for product experiments. Dow submitted an “unusual event” report to the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission overnight, warning of possible flooding at the site, but the nuclear research reactor at the site had previously been shut down due to the coronavirus crisis and there were no signs of flood damage.
The chemical giant was hit hard! Supply chain may be disrupted! Another price increase? !
In 2019, Dow Chemical ranked second among the world’s chemical companies with sales of US$58.2 billion. As a global chemical giant, Dow has 109 production sites in 31 countries/regions and employs approximately 36,500 people. It mainly develops and produces a series of chemical products, plastics and agrochemical products. Its products are widely used in construction, water purification, papermaking, pharmaceuticals, transportation, food and food packaging, household products and personal care and other fields.
According to Dow’s latest announcement, Dow’s Michigan operations have Dow’s high-performance silicone production assets on site, as well as R&D and I-park infrastructure assets. It is claimed that the chemical assets involved will not be shut down for a long time.
The prices of chemical products that have soared some time ago may be temporarily increased due to the impact of such news. Whether it will be affected in the long term depends on Dow’s final production recovery. </p