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5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

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5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

2024-06-18 13:28 Last Updated At:14:07

Torrential rain that pounded Meizhou City in south China's Guangdong Province on Sunday triggered destructive floods, mountain torrents and landslides.

The provincial headquarters for flood, drought and wind control said as of Monday, the disasters had killed five people and trapped 13 others, with 15 still remaining missing in Meizhou. The disasters also forced the evacuation of many residents to safer locations.

On Monday, Guangdong activated a Level-IV emergency response for disaster relief regarding the losses in Meizhou and Shaoguan. Preliminary data showed that Meizhou has organized more than 200 teams with over 9,000 personnel for rescue and evacuation efforts.

At present, Meizhou's rescue teams are carrying out rescue operations in 12 areas of Pingyuan County, Dabu County, Jiaoling County, Meixian District and Fengshun County.

In Pingyuan County, a total of 6,178 people had been relocated to safe locations as of 10:00 Monday. So far, the rescue operation is still ongoing in the county.

In Dabu County, 11,312 residents had been evacuated from low-lying areas as of 14:00 Monday. The county has dispatched more than 960 people to inspect roads and attend to key areas to ensure the safety of people's lives and property.

As of 16:00 Monday, Fengshun County had relocated 1,178 resident. In Xixi village of Fengshun Country, a cordon has been set up at the entrance, while officials of the village are organizing the orderly evacuation of residents from low-lying areas. They have also advised villagers to closely monitor the changes in rainfall and water levels.

"At present, the town government has equipped us with an inflatable boat for rescue work. Besides, we have also prepared life jackets and life rings. And the town government also provide food for the people," said Cao Liu, an official of the village.

5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

5 killed, 15 missing after rain in Guangdong's Meizhou

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Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

2024-07-15 05:24 Last Updated At:06:27

Local governments in areas hit by recent downpours in China are intensifying efforts to rescue residents trapped by floods, as torrential rains persist across some regions in the country.

On Saturday, heavy rainfall in Neijiang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, led to urban waterlogging and landslides in some areas. The local firefighters swiftly responded to rescue operations. Firefighters transferred residents trapped in low-lying areas to safe place promptly, especially the elderly with mobility difficulties.

Rubber boats were also used to rescue and transport stranded passengers from cars as floodwaters inundated the streets. Water suction pumps were deployed to drain water from waterlogged residential areas, ensuring the safety and convenience of affected residents.

In addition, a landslide caused by the heavy rainfall sent a large amount of soil and gravel downhill, blocking the exit routes of a residential building at the foot of the hill and trapping residents inside. local firefighters quickly entered the building to conduct emergency search and rescue operations, successfully evacuating five stranded individuals.

As rainfall persisted in Neijiang, a level-III emergency response for flood control was implemented on Sunday morning.

In addition to Neijiang, some parts of Xinyang City in central China's Henan Province were hit by recent torrential rains, with rainfall peaking at 58.1 mm per hour. On Saturday afternoon, Zhaopeng Village in Shangcheng County experienced rising floodwaters, trapping elderly people and children in their homes. Local rescuers swiftly responded, using rubber boats to transfer the trapped villagers or carry them on back to safety.

As of Sunday morning, heavy rainfall continued in Xinyang, prompting the local meteorological station to issue an orange alert for rainstorms.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most urgent response, and a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

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