CHINA Heavy rains continue to batter southwest China's Guizhou

CHINA

Heavy rains continue to batter southwest China's Guizhou

Xinhua

20:53, June 16, 2020

GUIYANG, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains will continue to batter southwest China's Guizhou Province in the coming days, which has already seen 13 deaths resulting from floods, local authorities said on Tuesday.

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The province is expected to see heavy rains, which are forecast to last from June 17 to June 28, according to the provincial department of emergency management.

The rains will continue to pose great challenges to flood prevention efforts after floods, brought on by recent downpours, ravaged nine cities and prefectures in the province, according to local authorities.

The province entered its flood season 40 days in advance this year compared to previous years. From June 1 to June 15, the average precipitation in the province reached 178.1 mm, about 83 percent higher than in previous years, and the highest since 1961.

The recent heavy rains affected 1.14 million people, causing 13 deaths. Eleven people were also reported missing as a result, local statistics showed.

The rains have also affected 49,000 hectares of crops, causing direct economic losses of 1.59 billion yuan (about 225 million US dollars).

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