Rains lash southern China as rising rivers threaten more flooding

Rains lash southern China as rising rivers threaten more flooding
# 20 June 2024 19:45 (UTC +04:00)

Days of torrential rain, flash floods and landslides across southern China forced authorities to step up emergency plans, as surging waters from swollen rivers threatened to disrupt the lives of millions, APA reports citing Reuters.

As of Thursday, at least nine people had died in Guangdong province's city of Meizhou and another six were missing there amid the worst floods on record on the Songyuan and Shiku rivers, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Guangdong upgraded an emergency response plan for landslides, flooding and other disasters to the second-highest level, helping to coordinate and deploy resources across the flood-stricken province.

Several other provinces have already activated a Level-IV emergency response. China's flood control emergency response system has four levels, with Level-I being the most severe.

The annual flooding season started earlier in China this year, as southern provinces faced intense storms that have swept away bridges and destroyed low-rise homes, devastated agricultural output and submerged numerous cities.

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