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Severe storms affect south China's nine provinces

06-21-2010 08:18 BJT Special Report: Rainstorm Batters Large Parts of China |

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More than 10 million people in south China's nine provinces have been affected by wild weather including flooding and mud torrents. China's disaster relief departments have raised emergency response levels as authorities forecast more rain over the next coming days.

Widespread flooding and raging mud torrents caused by intense rainstorms have left more than 130 people dead and forced the evacuation of 280,000 people in nine provinces, including Fujian, Jiangxi, and Hunan provinces.

The Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has urged local governments to boost anti-flood measures to keep losses to a minimum.

Shu Qingpeng, vice director of Office of State Flood Control Headquarters, said, "The disaster situation is much more serious than those of previous years. Over 90 percent of the deaths are caused by landslides and mud flows. They also caused damages to irrigation facilities in the affected areas."

The torrential downpours have also triggered flash floods. This has caused rivers to swell, inundated crops, and disrupted traffic and telecommunications.

Landslides have also damaged many parts of the rail networks in Fujian Province. Most train services bound for the capital city Fuzhou have been halted from Sunday.

Schools in many cities of Fujian have also closed down as flood water pours into campuses. The entrance exams for high school students has also been postponed.

In Jiangxi Province, flash floods trapped nearly 200 thousand villagers on Saturday. Rescue teams are still working around the clock searching for survivors and the grim task of recovering bodies.

The State Council has dispatched work teams to the flood-affected areas in Fujian to guide disaster relief work.

Worst is yet to come with the National Meteorological Center warning that more rains and possibly heavy rainstorms are likely to hit southern China over coming days.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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