China's national observatory on Tuesday
issued a blue alert for rainstorms, as incessant downpours continued to
wreak havoc across vast stretches of the country.
Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, heavy rain and rainstorms are
expected in Sichuan, Chongqing, Shaanxi, Henan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangsu,
Shanghai and Zhejiang, the National Meteorological Center said, warning
that some areas will experience downpours bringing up to 200 mm of
rainfall per day.
Some of the
aforementioned regions will see over 60 mm of precipitation per hour,
accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds, the center said.
has a four-tier, color-coded weather-warning system, with red
representing the most severe conditions, followed by orange, yellow and
The center advised local
authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and
mudslides, and recommended halting outdoor operations in hazardous
Since June, continuous
downpours have lashed large parts of southern China, and the waters of
many rivers in the affected regions have exceeded warning levels.
to the disastrous flooding, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief
Headquarters raised the emergency response to Level II on Sunday.