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Level IV National Emergency Response Activated for Severe Floods in Anhui Province

from: Ministry of Emergency Management time: 2018-08-24 15:29

At 8:00 am of August 22nd,China National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of EmergencyManagement urgently activated Level ⅣNational Emergency Response for the recent serious floods in Anhui Province. Aworking team comprised of the Disaster Relief Department, Fire Department andNational Disaster Reduction Center of China has been sent to the affected areasto inspect the disaster condition, guide local disaster relief work, ensure thebasic livelihood of the affected people and minimize disaster losses.

The working team from the Ministry ofEmergency Management arrived in Suzhou City, the severely-hit area, today toinspect the disaster loss condition and relief work in Miao'an Town and TaoyuanTown of Yongqiao District. The team visited the affected people and inspected the arrangements madefor the relocated people in the temporary resettlement site at Taoyuan Middle Schoolof Taoyuan Town. The team then went to the Bianhe Fire Squadron of Suzhou Cityto visit the firefighters as emergency rescue and disaster relief firstresponders, examining their emergency standby, on-duty operations and disasterrelief preparedness, etc. The working team will also hurry to Xiao County ofSuzhou City, Lieshan District and Duji District of Huaibei City for furtherinspections on August 23rd and 24th.

According to the reports from CivilAffairs Department of Anhui Province,    northern Anhui has suffered from severefloods due to the strong rainfalls brought by Typhoon Rumbia and the rising domesticwater levels induced by upstream runoffs from Shandong and Henan Province, etc.Up to 8:00 am of August 22nd, the disaster has affected 2,632,000people in 33 counties (cities, districts) of 9 cities including Huaibei, Bozhouand Suzhou City, causing 12 deaths, 1 missing, and 103,000 person-timesemergency relocation and resettlement. Over 400 houses collapsed and 34,000houses were subject to different degrees of damage. 330,700 hectares of cropswere affected. At 6:00 pm of August 21st, the DisasterReduction Commission and Civil Affairs Department of Anhui Provinceurgently upgraded the previous level IV provincial emergency reliefresponse to level III and appropriated 10 million yuan ofprovincial disaster relief funds, and allocated 370 tents, 12,000quilts and other relief supplies to the worst-hit areas including Huaibei andSuzhou City. Over 15,000 kilograms of rice and flour, more than 10,000 boxes ofinstant food and drinking water have been sent to disaster-hit areas to ensurethe basic livelihood of the affected people. Currently, the relief work isbeing carried out in an orderly manner.