New storms hit flood-ravaged Hainan, 500 dams threatened

Updated:Sun, Oct 17, 2010 08:48 AM   By Bernd Chang

Hainan Deluge

A house is submerged by flood water beside Wanquan River after new storms hit Qionghai, South China's Hainan province, Oct 16, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

Devastating floods were reported throughout the province, the local meteorological department said. Also, water on Hainan's two major rivers, Nandu river and Wanquan river, has risen to dangerous levels, and over 500 reservoirs on the island have been threatened by heavy rains.

 

HAIKOU - A new round of storms has been pounding south China's island province of Hainan since Thursday, raising water levels in the province's 500 reservoirs and major rivers to dangerous points, local officials said Saturday.

Hainan was ravaged by heavy rains early this month, forcing more than 440,000 residents to be evacuated.

In most of Hainan's cities and counties, rainfall during the past 30 hours exceeded 100 millimeters, local meteorological officials said.

Devastating floods were reported throughout the province, said Yang Yunxian, head of the provincial disaster relief authority. Also, water at Hainan's two major rivers, Nandu river and Wanquan river, has risen to dangerous levels.

Further, shops and restaurants were forced to shut down in Qionghai City.

"I didn't except the flood would come back today, the floodwater just receded a few days ago and my Internet bar was just reopened yesterday," said Long Xinsheng, an Internet bar manager in Qionghai City.

The floods also swallowed up crops, fields and roads in Jiaji County, Qionghai City.

Devastating floods were reported throughout the province, the local meteorological department said. Also, water on Hainan's two major rivers, Nandu river and Wanquan river, has risen to dangerous levels, and over 500 reservoirs on the island have been threatened by heavy rains.

Also, local weather forecasters said heavy rains are expected to continue for two more days.

 

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