Rain causes floods in south­ern China

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By WANG QIAN in Bei­jing and HUANG YIMING in Sanya, Hainan prov­ince

Storms and heavy rain­fall since Fri­day have caused the flood­ing of roads and homes in south­ern China, and hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple were evacuated in Hainan prov­ince on Sun­day.

In Wan­ning, a badly af­fected area of Hainan, more than 150,000 peo­ple have been af­fected, and 80,000 were moved to safe ar­eas. More than 400 po­lice­men had been sent to deal with traf­fic chaos and safety is­sues, the lo­cal flood con­trol and drought relief of­fice said on Sun­day.

No ca­su­al­ties had been re­ported as of Sun­day evening, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice.

On Satur­day night, the Wan­ning me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal bureau is­sued a red alert for rain­fall and said rain­storms are ex­pected to con­tinue un­til Tues­day.

China has a four-tier colorcoded weather warn­ing sys­tem, with red rep­re­sent­ing the most se­vere, fol­lowed by orange, yel­low and blue.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sta­tis­tics from the Wan­ning civil af­fairs bureau, the di­rect eco­nomic losses to­taled 1.5 bil­lion yuan ($247 mil­lion) as of Sun­day.

A to­tal 8,650 hectares of farm­land has been dam­aged and 158 vil­lages were flooded.

Wan­ning au­thor­i­ties have sent 1,100 boxes of bot­tled wa­ter, 1,050 boxes of bis­cuits, 320 boxes of in­stant por­ridge, 1,850 boxes of in­stant noo­dles and other ne­ces­si­ties, such as quilts, can­dles and clothes to help the vic­tims.

On Mon­day, 403 met­ric tons of rice will be al­lo­cated to the vic­tims, the bureau said.

Wide­spread storms

The Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Center is­sued a blue rain­storm alert on Sun­day, fore­cast­ing heavy rain in Yun­nan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guang­dong, Hu­nan, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang and Hainan un­til Tues­day.

Af­fected by a strong cold snap, Yun­nan and Guizhou prov­inces will see a tem­per­a­ture drop of be­tween 4 and 8 C be­fore Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the NMC.

He Lifu, NMC’s chief weather fore­caster, warned lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in parts of Guangxi, Guang­dong and Yun­nan to pay at­ten­tion to po­ten­tial ge­o­log­i­cal dis­as­ters trig­gered by rain­storms.

“Such heavy rain is rarely seen in De­cem­ber in south­ern China, but it can­not be called an ‘ab­nor­mal weather event’,” He said.

The win­ter mon­soon determines south­ern China’s cli­mate in win­ter, and it can bring heavy rain, he said.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

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