Heavy rain storm hits Shaanxi, China


XI’AN, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) – Heavy rains have hit northwest China’s Shaanxi Province since Saturday with rainfall reaching 220.7mm, according to the provincial weather bureau.

From 6 am Saturday to 6 am Sunday, 1,658 weather stations in 94 counties and districts across the province recorded rainfall. Among them, 42 recorded rainfall greater than 100 mm, and 382 recorded more than 50 mm of rain. Ten stations reported hourly precipitation of more than 50 mm.

As of Saturday, Mianxian County of Hanzhong City in the province recorded a maximum precipitation of 237.7mm, a record for the county, while its hourly precipitation reached 72.5mm during the same. period.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, about 60,000 people in the county are having difficulty accessing water and electricity supplies.

Currently, everyone affected in the county has been relocated to safer places. Rescue and repair efforts are still underway to resume traffic, electricity and communications.

The Shaanxi Weather Observatory issued an orange thunderstorm warning on Sunday morning, with heavy rains expected to continue in the province.

Mountainous areas are threatened with flooding and mountain torrents, while waterlogging is expected in low-lying urban areas, the observatory said.

China has a four-color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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