What began as light rain on Saturday quickly became a much more serious matter as heavier downpours flooded streets and forced the closure of major roadways. Unable to travel by bus, Congress participants opted instead to take a regional train line as they rushed to make airline connections in Hailar. The residents of Aoluguya lost power and were temporarily housed in a nearby gymnasium. According to locals, flooding of this scale had not been seen in the area for the last 60 years. Such an occurrence is usually an indicator of a much greater problem and, with a look to the surrounding hillsides, one can guess that deforestation resulting from local forestry and agricultural activities is likely a contributing factor.