More than 7 killed as rainstorms sweep south, east China

At least seven people have been killed and thousands evacuated as torrential downpours unleashed floods and toppled houses in several provinces in south, southwest and east China.

The latest round of rainstorm, starting earlier this week, came as over 10 million students from across China took part in the national college entrance exam, and as the traffic system marked a surge in travellers during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday.

The National Meteorological Centre on Sunday renewed a yellow alert for rainstorms, predicting heavy rain in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Guangdong provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Some of those regions will see up to 240mm of rainfall within 24 hours, it said.

China has a colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

In the eastern province of Jiangxi, six people were killed and one went missing following strong winds, hail and rain-triggered floods, which also damaged 77,400 hectares of crops.

The disastrous weather in Jiangxi has prompted the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM) to jointly activate a level-IV emergency response and send a special work team and relief materials to the affected areas.

In south China’s Guangxi, the rainstorm has left at least one dead, four missing and five injured.

Other regions severely affected includes Beijing, Quanzhou, Guilin,central China’s Hunan Province, southwestern province of Guizhou ,Baisuo Town where thousands have been evacuated with other varying degrees of destruction.

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