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Storms and floods hit central, SW. China

07-09-2010 14:14 BJT Special Report:Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods. It comes just days after the regions sweltered through a record breaking heat wave.

The National Meteorological Center has raised the storm alert level to "orange," that's one step below the highest rating on a four-color scale. Heavy rains are already pounding central Hubei and eastern Anhui provinces. In Hubei, one person was killed after floods hit three counties and a city in the province's north, affecting half a million residents.

The Hubei Provincial Civil Affairs Department says more than 10,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes, 242 homes have collapsed and over 27,000 hectares of farmland flooded.

Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies caused by severe storms and floods.
Local authorities in central and southwest China are on alert to respond to emergencies
caused by severe storms and floods.

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