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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.