This photo taken on June 14, 2022 shows rescuers evacuating stranded people in flood water in Ruijin City, east China's Jiangxi province. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
WUHAN/NANNING – The Changjiang Water Resources Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources has launched a level-IV emergency response for flood control starting Saturday noon to cope with rain-triggered flooding in China's longest river, the Yangtze.
Meteorologists said heavy rains are forecast to continue battering some river systems and main streams of the Yangtze till Monday, bringing a high risk of mountain torrents and small and medium-sized floods
Since 8 am Friday, torrential rains have been hitting parts of Poyang Lake and Ganjiang River, triggering warning water levels at some stations in the Yangtze River basin.
Meteorologists said heavy rains are forecast to continue battering some river systems and main streams of the Yangtze till Monday, bringing a high risk of mountain torrents and small and medium-sized floods.
The Changjiang Water Resources Commission has notified the provinces of Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, and Jiangsu in central and eastern China to make every flood prevention and emergency response effort to ensure the safety of people's lives and property.
China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I representing the most severe response.
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Meanwhile, five people were confirmed dead after heavy rain hit part of south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said local authorities Saturday.
The local meteorological department said torrential rain lashed Rongshui Miao Autonomous County and Rongan County, under the city of Liuzhou, from Friday night to Saturday morning, with precipitation of up to 385.6 mm in some areas.
Aerial photo taken on June 4, 2022 shows a view of the Rongjiang River after heavy rainfall in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. (HUANG XIAOBANG / XINHUA)
Five people went missing in Gudu Village of Rongshui county after a wooden building collapsed. A team of over 100 people from local emergency management, natural resources, firefighting, and health departments has been dispatched for rescue operations.
The county government said Saturday evening that all the five missing residents were found dead, and search work has ended.
Nearby residents have been moved to safe places. Traffic has resumed, and the water supply has been restored. Power supply and communication signals are under repair.
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Heavy rain is forecast to continue in the area until June 21.