Major rivers stable, Southwest drought severe
The flooding in major Chinese rivers is stable, but the drought in Southwest China's Yunnan Province is severe, said the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters Saturday.
Yunan has received less than 50 millimeters of rainfall in the central and northwestern parts of the province since May 25. To date, the drought has affected 667,000 hectares of farmland and drinking water supply to more than 7 million people.
Southeastern parts of Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region were also affected by droughts, said the headquarters.
On the other hand, continuous rainfall has raised the water level at rivers in part of central China, but the seven major rivers, which include the Yangtze and the Yellow River, are not facing flood threat, said the headquarters.
From Friday to Saturday, torrential rains hit southern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in South China, provinces of Hunan and Henan in central China. Water levels of Dongting Lake in Hunan and the Yangtze River were raised slightly.
In Guangxi, flood peak at Xijiang River has passed the key flood control city Wuzhou. Water level of Huaihe River in central regions is also rising but will not exceed the alarm line, it said.
In the coming three days, heavy rain will hit parts of south and southwest China, and some places may receive gales, thundershowers and hails, according to weather forecast by Central Meteorological Station.
In the coming 10 days, the main rain belt will be in southeast, south and southwest parts of China with the rainfall more than in previous years in most places, it said.
The headquarters urged localities to closely monitor flood and drought situation and safeguard reservoirs.