16 killed, lakhs stranded after tor­ren­tial down­pour hits China

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Beijing: Floods trig­gered by rains have wreaked havoc in south­ern China, killing at least 16 peo­ple and af­fect­ing the lives of 3.60 lakh peo­ple, author­i­ties said Tues­day.

The floods have top­pled or dam­aged more than 1,300 houses and caused nearly 17,000 res­i­dents to evac­u­ate.

In Guangxi Zhuang Au­tonomous Re­gion, week-long down­pours trig­gered floods in six cities and 32 coun­ties in which nine per­sons were killed and dis­rupted the lived over 3.60 lakh peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional emer­gency man­age­ment de­part­ment, state-run Xin­hua news agency re­ported.

The re­gional me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal bureau is­sued a yel­low alert on Tues­day, fore­cast­ing heavy rain to per­sist for the fol­low­ing 24 hours. China has a four-tier colour-coded weather warn­ing sys­tem, with red rep­re­sent­ing the most se­vere weather, fol­lowed by orange, yel­low and blue.

Rain­fall in Jiangxi reached as much as 688 mil­lime­tres (27 inches), ac­cord­ing to a no­tice by China’s me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion. It said rain in parts of Jiangxi and Hu­nan had hit record highs for June.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion said rain­storms were ex­pected to spread to Guang­dong, Fu­jian, Jiangxi and Yun­nan.

Men try to clear bam­boos from a flooded bridge in Guangxi Zhuang Re­gion; (R) an in­un­dated neigh­bour­hood

—REUTERS

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