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Rainstorm alert renewed for parts of central China

Xinhua, June 20, 2016 Adjust font size:

China's meteorological authority on Sunday evening renewed a yellow alert for rainstorm across parts of central China from Sunday evening to Monday evening.

Heavy rainstorm will hit the provinces of Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Henan, and Anhui in the coming day, with precipitation reaching 180 millimeters in some areas, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The NMC issued a rainstorm yellow alert on Sunday morning.

China has a four-tier color-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Earlier on Sunday, at least a dozen people were missing and 400,000 people were evacuated away from their homes, after a heavy downpour in Huanggang City, central China's Hubei Province.

A maximum of 251 millimeters of rain has hit the city from Saturday afternoon. Floods have collapsed houses, bridges, dikes and roads, and inundated farmland.

The NMC suggested people reduce outdoor activities and take precautions against possible floods and landslides.