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Rainstorms sweep parts of China

07-30-2012 13:40 BJT

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Heavy rainfall has battered large parts of China since the weekend, from Heilongjiang in the northeast to Fujian in the southeast. The downpours have triggered floods and landslides, blocking traffic and leaving large areas inundated.

The city’s biggest rainfall this year came on Saturday.

Located in northeast China, Suihua has seen almost 140 millimetres of rain since the weekend.

After the storm came flooding... paralysing traffic.

On the same day, heavy downpours were seen in Xilinhot City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which saw 80 millimetres of rain.

Days of rainfall flooded bungalows, damaging countless homes.

No casualties were reported due to timely evacuations.

Heavy rainfall has battered large parts of China since the weekend,
from Heilongjiang in the northeast to Fujian in the southeast.

Yao Fu, Local Resident, said, "We left with nothing. It’s impossible for us to take away our belongings. People were transferred by tractors. Or else, they would not leave their houses. My house has become dangerous now, no one dares to enter."

In Linxian County in North China’s Shanxi province, six people were killed and four are still missing.

In just 3 hours, the precipitation rose to nearly 200 millimetres, affecting more than 50 thousand people.

Work teams have been sent by the provincial government to cities along the Yellow River, to prepare for potential floods.

In northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, heavy downpours began on Sunday with its central and northern areas experiencing strengthened downpours.

In the regional capital Yinchuan, torrential rains triggered landslides and floods.

In some parts, water accumulated as high as 300 millimetres, blocking transport arteries.

Over in the southeast, the approach of tropical storms Saola and Damrey has put authorities on high alert.Saola was packing winds up to 90 km per hour at its center on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Damrey is expected to move northwest at a speed of 10 to 15 km per hour.

Liu Ming, Chief Forecaster of Fujian Meteorological Bureau, said, "Damrey is currently moving in a northwest ward direction, it will take a long time to arrive on the mainland. However, it’s still hard to tell which regions will be affected."

China’s flood control authorities on Sunday called for intensified efforts on disaster prevention.

It urged weather authorities to enhance monitoring and to make sure major facilities in cities can resist strong winds and possible flooding as tropical storms were strengthening as they headed toward the country.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source:

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