China issues yellow alert for geological disasters

At least nine dead in China’s flood-affected Hebei province

An aerial picture shows rescuers heading to transfer flood-affected people in Zhuozhou, north China's Hebei Province, 02 August 2023. At least nine people died and six others were missing in the Hebei Province amid heavy rainstorms, local authorities said. Statistics show that rainstorms had impacted more than 540,000 people in 87 counties and districts in Hebei by noon on 02 August. The economic losses brought by the disaster were still being investigated. EPA/XINHUA / Mu Yu CHINA OUT / MANDATORY CREDIT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Chinese authorities issued a yellow alert on Sunday evening for possible geological disasters triggered by rain.

Rain-induced geological disasters have been warned of in sections of Liaoning, Jilin, Guizhou, and Xinjiang from 8 p.m. Sunday to 8 p.m. Monday, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the China Meteorological Administration.

Residents have been cautioned to exercise cautious, particularly in locations with concealed hazards.

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