M Varma Beijing: Not less than 21 people died and four others remained mislaid as heavy rain lashed a township in central China’s Hubei Province, local management said on Friday. The Liulin Township in Suixian County saw the total rainfall reaching 503 mm from Wednesday to Thursday, causing an average waterlogging depth of 3.5 meters, officials said.
More than 8,000 people have been impacted in the township, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Disaster relief and rescue efforts are underway.
China’s National Meteorological Centre on Thursday issued a yellow alert, alarming heavy rainstorms in some central and eastern parts of the country, calling for precautionary actions. Incessant rains are expected on Friday in parts of Hubei, Anhui, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, with up to 200 mm of rainfall in certain areas.
Sections of the five provinces are likely to face over 80 mm of hourly rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and gales. The national observatory has suggested local authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and mudslides, and recommended halting outdoor activities in hazardous sites.
China has a four-tier colour-coded weather-warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue. Over 300 individuals were killed and 50 were listed missing when heavy floods razed Henan province and its provincial capital Zhengzhou city last month.