China’s Henan province witnessed torrential rains, resulting in a level IV emergency response to floods issued on Sunday, 19 September at 8am, local authorities said.
From 8am Friday to 8am Sunday, heavy downpours hit the province, with average precipitation in the cities of Jiyuan, Sanmenxia and Hebi reaching 117.2mm, 110.8mm and 106.4mm respectively, said the provincial weather bureau, Xinhua reported.
Among meteorological stations in the province, 505 recorded precipitation of more than 100mm, with the highest precipitation of 235mm logged in the city of Anyang. Torrential rains were expected to stop on Sunday night but may cause flash floods, waterlogging and geological disasters in the province, said the bureau.
Earlier in the day, China renewed yellow alerts for rainstorms and gales on Sunday calling for safety measures in multiple regions.
In the 24 hours from 2pm Sunday, heavy rains and downpours were expected to hit parts of Liaoning, Shandong and Hebei Provinces and the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin, with the maximum rainfalls likely reaching 100 to 150mm, Xinhua reported.
Parts of Henan, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Yunan, and Guangxi will also experience heavy rains, the Chinese National Meteorological Center reported.
A separate report from the centre showed that the rain intensified on Saturday. The daily rainfall of 35 national monitoring stations in Shaanxi, Shanxi, Henan and Hebei exceeded the historical records for September.
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