Zhejiang launches Level IV emergency response to flood control

On May 19th, the reporter learned from the Provincial Meteorological Department that from May 19th to 21st, Zhejiang saw the most extensive heavy rain this year from north to south. Especially in Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Quzhou, Jinhua, Lishui, and Taizhou, there were heavy rains, and in part of southern Hangzhou, Quzhou, Jinhua and Lishui there were torrential storms. Due to the wide range and high intensity of the rainfall, the high-degree overlap of the rain area with the previous period, and the great difficulty to defend as it will mostly rain at night, the Provincial Flood Control Headquarters decided to launch the level IV emergency response at 17:00 on the 19th.

Various types of early warnings continue to sound. At 16:00 on the 19th, the Provincial Department of Natural Resources issued a weather risk warning for geological disasters, which placed Qujiang District, Jiangshan City, Suichang County, Songyang County, Longquan City into orange warning for high meteorological risks, and Tonglu County, Chun’an County, Jiande City, and Haishu District into yellow warning for relatively high meteorological risks. At 17:00, the Provincial Hydrological Management Center issued an early warning of mountain torrent disasters, including blue warning for Chun’an County, Jiande City, Haishu District and Yinzhou District for probability of mountain torrent disasters, and yellow warning for Qujiang District, Jiangshan City, Suichang County, Songyang County and Longquan for high probability of mountain torrents.

The Provincial Flood Control Headquarters reminds that since May, our province has experienced several rounds of rainfall, and disaster risks have continued to accumulate. It requires all local flood control departments to tighten the string of flood prevention, strengthen bottom line thinking, truly put ideas into actions, and truly tighten the chain of responsibility on particular people. “The grass-roots level officials in areas with heavy rainfall must act quickly to strengthen inspections in risky areas such as dangerous houses, flood-prone areas, and hidden geological hazards. In particular, Jinhua, Quzhou, and Lishui should strengthen inspections on hidden geological hazards and risks and immediately organize the transfer of people when risk signs are detected,” said an official from the Provincial Flood Control Headquarters.

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