ZHENGZHOU, July 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 144,660 residents have been affected by torrential rains in Central China's Henan Province since July 16, and 10,152 have been relocated to safe places, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said Tuesday.
A total of 16 large and medium-sized reservoirs have seen water levels rise above the alert level after torrential rains battered most parts of the province on Monday and Tuesday.
The biggest rainfall was recorded in Lushan County of Pingdingshan City with 400.8 mm of precipitation.
The provincial meteorological bureau has raised the emergency response for meteorological disasters to level II, and made preparations for possible natural disasters triggered by persistent heavy rainfall.
Rainwater has damaged 9,222 hectares of crops, causing a direct economic loss of nearly 73 million yuan (about $11.3 million).
Heavy rains are expected to lash the central, western and northern areas of the province in the next 24 hours, according to forecasts.