Rainstorms to hit south China provinces as tropical storm nears

16:03, June 22, 2011      

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Rainstorms and high winds are expected to strike coastal areas in southern China as tropical storm Haima nears, according to the meteorological authority.

The fourth tropical storm this year will first be felt in the southern provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, and Hainan, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

The storm is expected to make landfall over Taishan City of Guangdong Wednesday night.

Heavy rainstorms are expected to hit Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, in the country's southwest, on Thursday.

Drought-hit provinces of Henan and Shandong will also see rain over the next 24 hours, according to the authority's forecast.

Rain-triggered floods have swept east and south China since early this month, leaving at least 175 dead and 86 missing so far, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

Source: Xinhua
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