South China Authorities Tackle Heavy Rains

BEIJING

About 1.63 million residents have been affected by heavy downpours and floods in South China, with about 77,000 resettled after the latest rainfalls, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management. The office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Tuesday sent four working groups to Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi, and Guizhou to assist local governments in disaster relief work. On Tuesday, the provincial emergency management department and water resources department raised the emergency response level from grade IV, the lowest level, to III. Hunan's provincial water resources department also raised its level from grade IV to III.

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