According to official statistics published by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday at 10:00, floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains in southern China have claimed 105 lives and 63 missing over the last ten days.
Before the rainfall, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi, located along the middle and lower Yangtze River were affected by persistent drought.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Committee for Disaster Reduction launched on Monday an emergency response in anticipation of continuing torrential rains in central and southern China over the coming days.
The local civil affairs departments have been asked to strengthen the measures and work closely with other departments concerned to prevent floods, geological disasters and other secondary disasters that could be caused by the rains. They must also help people by performing security checks, establishing temporary shelters, developing emergency plans and evacuating people in the most dangerous regions.