Thou­sands evac­u­ated in Shaanxi

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

At least 20,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated af­ter down­pours re­sulted in the worst flood­ing in decades in Shaanxi prov­ince, flood con­trol au­thor­i­ties said.

The north­ern part of the prov­ince was hit by heavy rain from Tues­day to Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with pre­cip­i­ta­tion of up to 23.4 cen­time­ters. The rain­fall pushed wa­ter in the Wud­ing River, a trib­u­tary of the Yel­low River, to its high­est level since 1975.

The sit­u­a­tion was even worse along the Dali River, a trib­u­tary of the Wud­ing, which saw its high­est wa­ter level since 1960, the State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters said on Wed­nes­day.

In Yulin, 20,000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated and the gov­ern­ment al­lo­cated 250 mil­lion yuan ($37 mil­lion) for flood con­trol and res­cue work, the head­quar­ters said.

The head­quar­ters launched a Level 2 emer­gency re­sponse, the sec­ond-high­est level in the coun­try’s emer­gency re­sponse sys­tem, to help flood vic­tims.

Shaanxi flood con­trol au­thor­i­ties said the down­pour brought floods to some ar­eas in Suide and Zizhou coun­ties in Yulin. A reser­voir in Zizhou with a ca­pac­ity of 370,000 cu­bic me­ters over­flowed on Wed­nes­day morn­ing

No ca­su­al­ties have been re­ported, and flood­ing in the two coun­ties has re­ceded, the head­quar­ters said.

Tor­ren­tial rain has bat­tered the re­gion since Tues­day, bring­ing dis­rup­tions to power sup­plies, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and the in­ter­net.

The rain also flooded parts of two rail­way lines.

As the front moves south, more pre­cip­i­ta­tion is ex­pected in the cen­tral parts of Shaanxi — 50 to 80 mil­lime­ters in some ar­eas. The head­quar­ters sent two teams to guide flood con­trol work in north­ern Shaanxi, it said.

Mean­while, the head­quar­ters has warned coastal re­gions of a com­ing typhoon that has formed in the Philip­pines and is mov­ing north­ward at a speed of 15 kilo­me­ters per hour.

“It’s be­com­ing stronger as it moves north and will mainly af­fect the East China Sea and South China Sea in com­ing days,” it said.

The head­quar­ters has sent no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the flood con­trol au­thor­i­ties of eight provin­cial re­gions about f our ma­jor wa­ter bod­ies that may be af­fected by the typhoon. It asked them to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures.

“Emer­gency re­sponse plans should be rolled out in a timely man­ner,” it said. “All fish­ing ves­sels should re­turn to port, and other peo­ple work­ing at sea .should get back to land.”

It also asked lo­cal flood con­trol au­thor­i­ties to pay more at­ten­tion to pos­si­ble moun­tain tor­rents, mu­drock flows and floods in small and medium-sized reser­voirs that may re­sult from rains as­so­ci­ated with the typhoon.

has been al­lo­cated for flood con­trol and res­cue work in Yulin, Shaanxi.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY MA BAOXIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Left: Armed po­lice of­fi­cers re­lo­cate an in­jured child in Zizhou county, Shaanxi prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day. Right: Of­fi­cers search a flooded area in Suide county in Shaanxi on Wed­nes­day.

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