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Northern China Goes on Alert for Possible Floods
    2008-06-23 10:36:39     CRIENGLISH.com

Meteorologists predict that northern China will receive more rainfall than average next month, putting more pressure on the region's efforts to control floods.

The China Meteorological Administration, or CMA, says heavy rains may fall in areas along the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River. They also may fall in the region between the Yellow River and the Huaihe River.

The two rivers flow from west to east and run through northern and central China, respectively.

Xu Xiaofeng, CMA's vice director, has called for preventive measures to tackle possible floods in those areas.

"In the region between the Yellow River and the Huaihe River, the rainy season has not arrived based on previous data. However, we should pay special attention to be prepared for possible flooding."

He says the North is less capable of dealing with floods than the South. As a result, the north needs to go on high alert and prepare for the worst conditions.

Heavy rains may also hit southwest China, creating more difficulties in the quake-ravaged regions of Sichuan Province.

The CMA has informed local residents about how they can avert potential disasters.

"We have strengthened monitoring measures in the quake-hit areas. Tents and other makeshift shelters are not equipped with lightning-proof devices. So we have handed out pamphlets to inform quake survivors about how to prevent hazards caused by lightening and high temperatures."

The country's southern regions already have suffered from four rounds of heavy rainfall and regional floods during the past two weeks.

According to official figures, more than 170 people have been killed and over 38 million affected by the floods.



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