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Natural disasters affect nearly 10 million in May
    2019-06-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

NATURAL disasters affected about 9.89 million people in China last month, with 43 killed, four missing and 127,000 relocated, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

Destroying houses and damaging crops, natural disasters caused direct economic losses of 11.96 billion yuan (US$1.7 billion) in May, the ministry said.

The country was mainly hit by drought, floods and hailstorms last month, while earthquakes, landslides, low temperatures, snow disasters and forest fires caused damages to various extents.

Specifically, floods affected 3.59 million people and forced 114,000 to be relocated, with 29 people killed and four missing.

The impact of natural disasters in May was slightly less compared with the average level of the same period over the past five years, the ministry added.

Also, the country’s meteorological authority continued a blue alert for rainstorms yesterday morning.

From yesterday to today, rainstorms or heavy rains are expected to sweep parts of Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said the National Meteorological Center.

Some central and southern regions will experience torrential rains, with precipitation up to 160mm in parts of Hubei, Guizhou and Guangxi.

The center advised local governments to stay alert to possible flooding, landslides and mudslides caused by heavy rains and recommended outdoor operations be halted in hazardous areas.

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

(Xinhua)

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