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Millions in southern China face floods caused by heavy rains | China News

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Large areas of southern China are flooded, affecting nearly 34 million people, with more rain expected in the coming days, state media reported on Sunday.

The state broadcaster CCTV reported that water levels in southwestern Guangxi province on the Rong River rose to 5.04 metres (16.5 feet) above warning levels following heavy rainfall since Saturday morning.

In Aba in southwestern Sichuan province, about 60 metres (197 feet) of road was destroyed after days of torrential rain caused the river to burst its banks.

Early warnings from the authorities meant there were no casualties reported. Rescue workers had to create a temporary route on the mountain top for vehicles to pass through, according to CCTV.

The network added that authorities in southern Jiangxi province are expecting severe flooding in Poyang, which is China’s largest freshwater lake and joins the Yangtze near the city of Jiujiang.

Water levels on the lake were rising at an unprecedented pace and reached 22.65 metres (74 feet) by 13:00 GMT on Saturday. That exceeded the record high set in 1998 and was well above the alert level of 19.5 metres (64 feet).

The floods since Monday have already affected 5.2 million people in Jiangxi province, with 432,000 people evacuated from their homes.

It also damaged 4.56 million hectares (11.27 million acres) of crops and destroyed 988 houses, causing damage estimated at nearly $929m, CCTV reported.

China’s emergency management ministry is sending aid to the province in the form of assault boats, tents, folding beds and blankets.

Elsewhere, a county in central China’s Hubei Province raised the flood-control response from level 2 to level 1, the top level of China’s four-tier emergency response for floods.

Yangxin County in Hubei’s Huangshi City has now had five rounds of heavy rain since the beginning of the rainy season, with a total of 714mm (28 inches) of rainfall between June 8 and July 10.

That is nearly twice the amount expected for that time of year.

The Chinese government has allocated about $44.2m for disaster relief in flood-hit regions of the country, the National Development and Reform Commission said on Saturday.


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Thousands displaced after Tropical Cyclone Eloise hits Mozambique | Weather News

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Nearly 7,000 people forced from their homes and more than 130,000 hectares of crops destroyed by torrential downpours and floods.

Heavy rains and flooding have forced thousands to flee their homes in Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone Eloise brought wind gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour (kph).

Eloise struck Mozambique’s Sofala coastal province on Saturday morning before weakening and heading inland to dump rain on Zimbabwe, eSwatini – formerly known as Swaziland – and South Africa.

On Sunday, Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction (INGD) said investigations had shown Eloise had displaced 6,859 people. The region’s Buzi district had been particularly hard hit with severe winds.

“Families are in urgent need of essential supplies like food, water, blankets and shelter,” Marcia Penicela, project manager at ActionAid Mozambique, said on Sunday.

“With high floodwaters and power lines down in Buzi, the challenge will now be reaching people most in need,” she added.

Eloise ruined 136,755 hectares of crops, destroyed nine schools and damaged about 17 other schools and 11 hospitals, according to INGD.

It had completely destroyed 1,069 houses, partially destroyed 3,343 and flooded another 1,500, the agency said.

After weakening and being downgraded to a tropical storm, Eloise moved on from Zimbabwe to dump heavy rain on some areas of South Africa’s Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, authorities there said.

“So far the highest amount that we’ve recorded is somewhere between 115-128 mm of rainfall in Limpopo, especially in the northeast,” Puseletso Mofokeng, a senior forecaster at the South African Weather Service, told Reuters news agency.

Floods had hit the lowveld of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and winds had blown the roofs of houses and knocked down trees, blocking roads, he said.

Certain parts of the affected provinces were likely to see another 100mm of rain tonight and more expected rain on Monday, Mofokeng said.

Heavy rains were also recorded in eastern and southeastern parts of Zimbabwe on Saturday, filling most dams and flooding some rivers. At least three people were swept away when they tried to cross flooded rivers in eastern Zimbabwe, authorities said.



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