BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Emergency Management has sent a team to the central Hubei Province to facilitate rescue since rainstorms from Wednesday night to Thursday noon caused blackouts, disrupted communication, and stranded people in parts of the province.
The most severely hit regions include Suizhou, Xiangyang, and Xiaogan in Hubei, the ministry said.
The province's fire and rescue department has dispatched 173 professional members and 13 boats to aid the regions, the ministry said.
Heavy downpours have affected more than 100,000 residents since Aug. 8. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, the latest spell of torrential rains had triggered multiple natural disasters such as flooding and hailstorms.
Torrential rains are expected to persist until Friday and may cause flooding and other geological disasters, forecasts from the Hubei Meteorological Service said.