CHINA Central China's Henan issues red alert for rainstorms

CHINA

Central China's Henan issues red alert for rainstorms

Xinhua

18:53, August 22, 2021

Rescuers from Jiangxi province restores drainage system at a tunnel in flood-hit Zhengzhou city after torrential rain battered Central China's Henan province in this file photo taken on July 22, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

ZHENGZHOU - Central China's Henan province, which was hit hard by torrential rains in July, issued the highest alert for rainstorms at 1:20 pm Sunday, the provincial weather bureau said.

The bureau forecast a new round of downpours measuring over 100 mm in the cities of Pingdingshan, Luohe, Xuchang, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Nanyang and Zhoukou on Sunday afternoon.

The province on Saturday noon also launched a level-II emergency response to floods.

Henan was hit by heavy rain from July 16 that had claimed 302 lives by August 2, with another 50 people remaining missing.

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

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