China braces for more storms after floods leave 121 dead or missing this year

A wide swath of southern China braced Sunday for more seasonal rains and flooding that state media said has already left more than 120 people dead or missing this year.

The National Meteorological Center raised the weather alert to yellow Sunday morning, the third-highest of four warning levels, for more than a half-dozen provinces and the cities of Shanghai and Chongqing.

Heavy to torrential rains were forecast into Monday afternoon.

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Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed flooded streets and farmland in Anhui province.

A rescuer helps a worker cross a ladder to get across floodwaters from a construction site in Jing'an county in central China's Jiangxi province midnight Friday, July 3, 2020.

A rescuer helps a worker cross a ladder to get across floodwaters from a construction site in Jing’an county in central China’s Jiangxi province midnight Friday, July 3, 2020. (Chinatopix via AP)

To the south in Jiangxi province, more than 8,000 people have been evacuated and 54 houses collapsed after rainstorms in recent days, the network said.

A wide swath of southern China braced Sunday, July 5, 2020 for more seasonal rains and flooding.

A wide swath of southern China braced Sunday, July 5, 2020 for more seasonal rains and flooding. (Chen Xingyu/Xinhua via AP)

Nationwide, flooding-related disasters have destroyed 17,000 homes, caused $5.9 billion in economic losses and left 121 people dead or missing so far this year, the official People’s Daily newspaper said in a social media post, citing the Ministry of Emergency Management.

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The National Meteorological Center said some parts of Anhui, Hubei, Hunan and Zhejiang provinces could see 4 to 9 inches of rain. It also issued a yellow alert for rain in two northeastern provinces, Heilongjiang and Jilin.

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