Heavy Flooding in China's Hainan Province


China's island province Hainan is being lashed by a second round of heavy rainfall this week with nearly 140,000 people fleeing their homes, state media reported on Monday, October 18.

On Saturday, the local meteorological department issued red alerts, the highest alert level, for four cities and counties and orange alerts for another eight, according to official Xinhua news agency.

The torrential rain has affected nearly 1.3 million people, damaged 67,400 hectares (260 square miles) of farmland and destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, Xinhua said.

In the last three days, the province has received 200 mm (more than 7 and three-quarter inches) of rainfall on average, with some places getting 426 mm (16 and three-quarters inches), causing severe water-logging in some cities and endangering 70 per cent of the province's reservoirs.

The 139,000 evacuees are currently living in temporarily set up rescue tents, government buildings, school classrooms or at the homes of relatives and friends, Xinhua said.

Floods have swept through Hainan since the beginning of this month, after the worst rainstorms in nearly 50 years lashed the resort island, flooding over 700 villages.

To make the situation worse, Hainan is now bracing itself for Megi, the strongest typhoon this year set to hit the island at the end of this week, China's National Meteorological Center was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

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