Heavy rainfall again expected in southern China

13:47, June 24, 2010      

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The National Meteorological Center forecasted thunderstorm blue warning signal at 6 a.m. today predicting heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in the majority of southern regions.

It is reported that the strong rainfalls are expected to peak between June 24 and 25 when most areas to the south of the Yangtze River will experience severe convection weather and heavy rainstorms.

The heavy rainfalls are mainly in Sichuan Basin, southern Chongqing, central and eastern Guizhou, most parts of Hunan and Fujian and northern and southeastern Guangxi.

In addition, heavy rain will also hit some parts of Tianshan Mountain's northern foot in Xinjiang, southeastern Tibet, western Yunnan, southwestern and northwestern Guangdong and western Hainan.

Some southern areas including Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangxi have suffered severe floods, dangerous water levels in reservoirs as well as frequent geological disasters.

Experts have therefore warned local authorities to prepare in advance and take strict precautions against adverse effects brought about by heavy rainfall.

Chen Zhenlin, director of the Disaster Relief and Public Service Emergency Department of China Meteorological Administration said the heavy rainfall in southern China that began on June 18 is extremely harmful due to concentrated rainstorms in central areas, high accumulative and intensive rainfall and severe secondary hazards.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:李牧(实习))

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