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Warning of floods in August

SOME southern and northern parts of China are likely to see extremely heavy rains and strong floods in mid- and late-August, an official said yesterday.

The northern rain belt is forecast to mainly affect large swathes of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and areas in Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, said Zhou Xuewen, secretary-general of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and vice minister of emergency management.

Some rivers might experience large floods before the end of August, as multiple typhoons are also predicted to hit the northern regions.

North China rarely sees major flooding. Zhou said people in the region lack experience in flood control, and the anti-flood projects are relatively weak, with many risky reservoirs and dikes.

Facing the complex and grave outlook, the vice minister said the headquarters and the emergency ministry will strengthen coordination in flood control, and further ensure the solid implementation of flood control and relief measures.

Meanwhile, the death toll from torrential rain in central China’s Henan Province has risen to 73 as of noon yesterday, the provincial emergency management department said.

More than 13.6 million people in 150 county-level regions have been affected by the latest round of downpours since July 16. Over 1.02 million hectares of crops were damaged, and about 784,200 houses have collapsed or sustained damages across the province, official data showed.


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