Bet­ter keep your um­brella handy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG ZHIHAO zhangzhi­hao@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Heavy rain will con­tinue to hit much of China in the next two days, the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter said on Sun­day.

Tor­ren­tial rain will sweep across parts of South China's Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, and Guizhou province, the cen­tral prov­inces of Hu­nan and Hubei, and the eastern prov­inces of Jiangxi, An­hui, and Jiangsu, ac­cord­ing to the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal author­ity.

The cen­ter re­newed a blue alert, the low­est level in the four-tier sys­tem, for rain­storms in those re­gions on Sun­day, with fore­cast pre­cip­i­ta­tion rang­ing from 100 to 160 mil­lime­ters be­tween Sun­day and Mon­day.

Over the week­end, the same ar­eas saw heavy storms with pre­cip­i­ta­tion up to 300 mil­lime­ters. The over­all down­pour will grad­u­ally weaken start­ing on Sun­day, the cen­ter said.

Parts of North and North­east China will con­tinue to have thun­der­show­ers, and the rain­fall will cool the tem­per­a­ture in the re­gions in the fol­low­ing week, though tem­per­a­tures will re­main high in the south­ern prov­inces of Guangzhou and Hainan.

The cen­ter re­minded lo­cal gov­ern­ments and res­i­dents to halt out­door work and take pre­cau­tions against hail, moun­tain tor­rents and land­slides.

The heavy rains over the week­end have caused mil­lions of yuan worth of prop­erty loss and left hun­dreds of tourists stranded.

Bei­jing closed 184 tourist sites on Satur­day due to hail and thun­der­storms. Reser­voirs through­out the city have filled more than 10 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter since the down­pour be­gan on Fri­day.

Hei­longjiang province, China’s north­ern­most province, has ex­pe­ri­enced ma­jor rain­fall since the be­gin­ning of Au­gust. The lat­est storm has bat­tered 200,000 square kilo­me­ters of land with pre­cip­i­ta­tion close to 500 mil­lime­ter in Ren­min county in the city of Anda.

This caused the big­gest flood in a decade in Tongken River, one of China’s most fer­tile rivers for agri­cul­ture. The in­tense rain af­fected around 114,000 hectares of crops in area around Sui­hua and Har- bin, the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, de­stroyed 172 houses and led to around 320 mil­lion yuan ($47.8 mil­lion) of di­rect eco­nomic losses, but no re­ported in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal govern­ment.

Wa­ter and mud as deep as 1 me­ter flooded the vil­lage of Gan­dong in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, cut­ting off the roads lead­ing to the out­side world.

The vil­lage lost elec­tric­ity for three days, and some 50 tourists are trapped in a ho­tel on a hill — they are safe but have no com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

About 6 pm on Satur­day, heavy rain in the north­west­ern Gansu province caused a land­slide that trapped 294 tourists in the Yel­low River Hoodoo Na­tional Geop­ark near Baiyin. All the tourists were safely evac­u­ated on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

were closed in Bei­jing on Satur­day due to hail and thun­der­storms.

FAN PEIKUN / XIN­HUA

Res­cuers help the peo­ple af­flicted by the flood­ing move their pos­ses­sions from a dam­aged house in a vil­lage in Wenx­ian county, Gansu province, on Satur­day. Heavy rain caused flood­ing and a mud­slide in the county on Aug 6, leav­ing eight peo­ple dead, one miss­ing and four in­jured.

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