China activates emergency response for floods in Guangdong

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-15 11:45:12|Editor: Yamei
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An armed police officer crosses a flooded river to rescue trapped residents in Lianping County, south China's Guangdong Province on June 13, 2019. (Xinhua/Liao Jian)

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) -- The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Emergency Management jointly activated a level-IV disaster relief emergency response on Friday after rainstorms triggered floods in south China's Guangdong Province.

A work team has been sent to the disaster-affected areas to provide guidance in disaster relief, the ministry said in a statement.

Since June 9, rainstorm-triggered floods have left 19 dead and three missing in seven cities of the province, according to local authorities.

The disaster has affected a total of 357,000 people, and damaged 47,600 hectares of crops.

The level-IV emergency response is the lowest in the country's four-tier national emergency response system for disaster relief.

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