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More torrential rain on way after fatal storms
2012-05-13 09:53

CHINA'S national observatory yesterday upgraded the warning level from blue to yellow for a new round of rainstorms expected to hit the country's southern regions over next three days.

The National Meteorological Center urged local authorities in south China to strengthen monitoring and guard against possible geological disasters such as landslides.

The national observatory uses a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red being the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Rainstorm are set to hit southern China over the next three days, with up to 150 millimeters of rain expected in parts of Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang provinces, the center said.

This announcement came after three people were killed, with another missing, after a flash flood engulfed a shed at a construction site in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region early yesterday. Rescuers retrieved the bodies by noon, but last night were still looking for one missing person in Wanggao township in the city of Hezhou, firefighters said.

An orange alert for heavy rains was issued for Hezhou at 4am yesterday. Heavy rains will continue to hit Hezhou in the coming two days, the center said.

Meanwhile, the families of 40 people who died after hail and rain battered a mountainous county Gansu Province in northwest China will each get 8,000 yuan (US$1,270) in compensation, local officials said yesterday.

Eighteen people remained missing yesterday in the worst-hit Minxian County, after the region was battered by storms on Thursday, said officials.

As of yesterday, the storms had affected 358,000 people in Minxian County, forcing nearly 30,000 local residents to be evacuated. And 87 people have been hospitalized.

The provincial government will also offer those affected subsidies of 10 yuan per day for the first 15 days following the disaster. The subsidies will remain available to those without income or family support for three months.

Source:Shanghai Daily