China’s southern provinces warn of historic floods

China's southern provinces warn of historic floods

BEIJING, June 21 (Reuters) – Two provinces in southern China updated flood warnings on Tuesday as rivers overflowed and waters reached record highs, forcing people from their homes and disrupting work after weeks of pouring rain, state media reported.

The city of Shaoguan in Guangdong province, where average rainfall since late May has broken records, raised its flood alert to the highest level 1.

Authorities have asked residents of communities along the banks of the river and in low-lying neighborhoods to move to higher ground, after floodwaters reached their highest level in 50 years, state television reported. ‘State.

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The city’s flood, drought and wind control headquarters said closures could be imposed on construction sites, businesses, public transport and docks, while workers unable to report for work should not be forced to do so.

The peak flow of the swollen Beijiang River near Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, is expected to reach 20,000 cubic meters per second, a flow of a size that likely occurs “once every 100 years”, the office said. local water conservancy to Chinese media.

The flood alert for the Beijiang River was raised to level I, the highest, at 10 p.m. local time, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The city of Qingyuan in Guangdong, near Shaoguan, also raised its flood alert to the highest level around noon as waters rose.

In northeast Jiangxi province, authorities issued a “red alert” for flooding after 485,000 people in nine counties were affected, Xinhua news agency reported. He did not specify.

Economic losses reached 470 million yuan ($70.21 million), with 43,300 hectares of crops destroyed, Xinhua reported.

The summer rainy season brings flooding to China almost every year, but environmental groups say climate change may bring heavier and more frequent downpours.

There is also a risk that the effect of the disruptions caused by the floods in China will be felt further as Chinese products become more important in global supply chains.

This wave of heavy rain in the southern provinces was expected to peak on Tuesday and move north from Wednesday.

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China’s Central Meteorological Observatory has maintained an “orange warning” of high temperatures for northern regions such as central and southern Hebei, most of Beijing and parts of Shandong, Tianjin and Henan.

($1 = 6.6941 Chinese yuan renminbi)

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Reporting by Beijing Newsroom and Liz Lee in Kuala Lumpur; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan, Robert Birsel, William Maclean and Mark Porter

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