99 rivers are on flood alert, Southern China holds its breath

Premier Li Keqiang chaired the Government’s Standing Committee on June 22, requesting continued implementation of flood prevention work, ensuring property and people’s lives. Xinhua News Agency Information at the meeting said that this year’s flood season, extreme weather phenomena will appear more in China.

Therefore, Mr. Li Keqiang proposed to perfect the coordination mechanism for early warning and emergency response, continue to do well in flood prevention and disaster relief, and ensure the safety of life and property. of people.

At the same time, localities have increased the preparation of forces and materials to prevent floods in the North after heavy rains are showing signs of gradually shifting from the South to the North.

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Evacuating a child from a flooded building after heavy rain in Guangdong province. Photo: Reuters

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People evacuate from their homes in Southern China. Photo: Reuters

Record flooding is expected in parts of southern China on June 23, as heavy rains push water levels in the Pearl River Delta to the highest level in nearly a century.

Heavy rainfall continues to fall in the southern part of China. Due to the influence of rain, the flow rate at Thach Giac station on the Bac Giang river in Guangdong province reached 18,500 m3/s at noon on June 22, the highest level ever measured.

China News On June 23, it was reported that more than 400,000 people in Anh Duc city (Guangdong province) were affected, more than 1,000 people were trapped and 30,000 people were evacuated. According to China Central Television (CCTV), since the afternoon of June 20, when floods began, this locality lacked water for daily life, lost power, and disrupted communications.

The city of Shaoguan was one of the hardest hit, prompting Guangdong province officials to raise the flood warning to the highest level. The rainfall chart in this city set a record at the end of May 2022. Another city in Guangdong, Qingyuan, issued a similar warning.

In the southeastern province of Jiangxi, the government issued a flood warning after 485,000 people in nine counties were affected. Xinhua News Agency said the area suffered an economic loss of $70.2 million, with 43,300 hectares of crops destroyed.

Earlier this week, the Guangdong provincial government said the province suffered an estimated 1.7 billion yuan ($254 million) in damage.

Local officials warn the situation is likely to worsen in the coming days and water levels in the Pearl River basin will continue to rise.

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Heavy rainfall continuously poured down the southern part of China. Photo: rednt.cn

Across Southern China, water in many rivers peaked. As of 12 o’clock on June 22, China still has 99 rivers with flood levels exceeding the alarming level, mainly in the Pearl River basin in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hunan. , Fujian, with the water level exceeding the highest threshold up to nearly 10 m.

The average rainfall in Guangdong, Fujian and Guangxi provinces from early May to mid-June reached 621 mm, the highest since 1961, the China National Meteorological Center said.

On the contrary, many localities in the North and Central of China are experiencing a prolonged heat wave.

The China Central Meteorological Station on June 23 continued to issue a yellow high temperature warning, the second of four levels. This is also the 9th day in a row that the agency has issued a high temperature warning when many places exceeded 40℃. However, according to the forecast, rain will also occur in this area.

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