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China Issues Emergency Response, Allocates $277 Million for Flood Relief

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Photo taken on July 4, 2017 shows the flood-hit Orange Isle scenic area in the Xiangjiang River in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province. Days of torrential rain in Hunan raised the water level of the Xiangjiang River to exceed its warning level. The floods have forced 964,600 local residents to relocate in Hunan. (Xinhua/Long Hongtao)

As heavy rainfall in southern China weakens, the national weather observatory lifted the rainstorm alert Tuesday morning. Days of heavy rain have led to floods, landslides, and hail disasters.

According to the People's Daily, 33 people were killed by the downpours in eight provincial-level regions, including Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Guizhou as of Monday morning. Fifteen are still missing, and the total number of people affected has risen to 9.56 million. Some 19,000 houses collapsed, and some 189,000 houses and 668,200 hectares of crops were damaged, causing about $2.8 billion in direct economic losses.


China issued a level-four emergency response on Monday for heavy rain and floods that have left 16 people dead and 10 missing in Guangxi. Heavy rain started to pound parts of the autonomous regions on Saturday, forcing the relocation of 94,000 residents as of Tuesday. The disaster has caused around $430 million in direct economic losses, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the China National Commission for Disaster Reduction have sent teams to assist with relief work. A level-four response, the lowest in China's emergency response system, requires 24-hour alerts, daily damage reports, and funds and relief within 48 hours.

China's Ministry of Finance on July 3 allocated $277 million in emergency fund for flood relief in 20 provinces and autonomous regions. One-hundred-and-three million US dollars of that amount will be used as living subsidies for emergency resettlement, transitional living assistance, housing restoration, and grants for survivors, and the remaining $174 million will be used for flood control and rescue, water conservancy facilities repair, and agricultural production.

The Office of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters requires around the clock inspections along the Yangtze River, Dongting Lake, and Poyang Lake to ensure the safety of the embankments. About 326,900 people have been involved in flood control work in Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, and Anhui provinces, with 273,900 of them having been dispatched to Hunan, the headquarters said.


Source: Xinhua