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China issues blue alert for widespread rainstorms

Pub Date:2020-07-15 09:08 Source:Xinhua

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.

From 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.

China has a four-tier, color-coded weather-warning system, with red representing the most severe conditions, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

The center advised local authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and mudslides, and recommended halting outdoor operations in hazardous areas.

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.

Due to the disastrous flooding, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters raised the emergency response to Level II on Sunday.


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