BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- China's Finance Ministry Monday released 1.9 billion yuan (about 280 million U.S. dollars) in emergency fund for flood relief in south China.
The funds will go to 20 provinces and autonomous regions including Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, where torrential rains in the past few days have caused severe floods.
The funds include 700 million yuan for evacuation of people, temporary living allowances, rebuilding of homes and compensating people for their losses, according to the Ministry.
The other 1.2 billion yuan will be used for flood prevention and relief, repairing damaged water conservation infrastructure and providing support for production recovery, the Ministry said.
Rain in south China will lessen Monday, according to the National Meteorological Center (NMC), which lifted a blue alert for rain in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guangdong Province.
Heavy rain is still expected in Yunnan, Sichuan and other parts of south China, the NMC said.