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Emergency responses begin as rainstorm continues


10:33, May 25, 2013

BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Emergency disaster relief responses were initiated on Friday afternoon by China's National Committee for Disaster Reduction as heavy rain continued to batter many parts of the country.

According to a committee circular, local civil affairs departments should work closely with weather, water resources and land agencies to monitor and analyse rainfall and potential disasters while releasing information to the public in a timely manner.

Citing a high chance of landslides and mudslides in regions exposed to repeated rain, the committee called for safety checks of buildings, construction sites and tourist attractions in vulnerable areas, and to arrange special personnel to guide people to nearby shelter.

Official figures showed that a previous round of rain and hailstorms that swept south China from May 14 to 16 had left 33 people dead and 12 missing.

On Thursday, local flood control authorities in south China's Guangdong Province reported that four people were killed and nearly half a million residents were affected by a rainstorm that had lasted for days.

The meteorological authority forecast heavy rain or rainstorms from Saturday to Monday in areas in the provinces of Hubei, Henan, Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Guizhou and Hunan, with estimated precipitation from 100 to 200 mm.

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