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Extreme rainfalls likely to batter China in late August

Rescuers transfer stranded patients at Fuwai Central China Cardiovascular Hospital in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, on July 22, 2021. (PHOTO BY WU XIAOHUI / CHINADAILY.COM.CN)

BEIJING – Some southern and northern parts of China are likely to see extremely heavy rains and strong floods in mid- and late- August, an official said Wednesday.

The northern rain belt is forecast to mainly affect large swathes of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and areas in Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, said Zhou Xuewen, secretary-general of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and vice-minister of emergency management.

The northern rain belt is forecast to mainly affect large swathes of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and areas in Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning, said Zhou Xuewen

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Some rivers might experience large floods before the end of August, as multiple typhoons are also predicted to hit the northern regions.

North China seldom sees major flooding events. Zhou said people in the region lack experience in flood control, and the anti-flood projects are relatively weak, with many risky reservoirs and dikes.

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Facing the complex and grave outlook, the vice-minister said the headquarters and the emergency ministry will strengthen coordination in flood control, and further ensure the solid implementation of flood control and relief measures.