The Ministry of Water Resources and the China Meteorological Administration jointly issued the first red flash flood disaster warning this year at 6 pm on June 19.

According to the warning, an orange alert is assigned for parts of western Zhejiang and northeastern Jiangxi, while a red one is for northeastern Jiangxi. 

In other words, there is a high probability of flash flood disaster in orange-mark areas, whereas the probability of local mountain torrent disasters in red-mark regions is very high within 24 hours from 8 pm on June 19.

Other areas may also face mountain torrent disasters due to localized short-duration heavy rainfall.

As reported by Reuters, some regions in China have faced record rainfall, the heaviest in 60 years. 

Violent storms have battered large parts of China, causing floods in urban areas and mudslides in rural regions. 

Videos show streets in China southwest’s Guizhou province turn into swollen rivers as cars, and single-storey houses are swept away.

Torrential rains pounded one house constructed of wood, making it collapse and leaving five villagers dead in Guangxi.

Other secondary disasters, such as road collapses and mudslides, are also reported.

Local weather bureaus state that this year’s early summer storms have been more intense and prolonged than usual, with the peak rainfall in Guangxi, Guangdong, and Fujian the highest since 1961.

Wang Weiyue, an analyst at weather.com.cn, an arm of the China Meteorological Administration, says, “Cold and warm air has converged over southern China, and the two sides have entered into a deadlock and a tug of war.”

State weather forecasts that the heavy rainfall will persist until early next week as a rainy window known as “dragon boat water” peaks.

Based on China’s four-tier color-coded weather warning system, the red alert indicates the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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