16 killed, lakhs stranded after torrential downpour hits China
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