Authorities have reportedly already evacuated close to 32,200 people from the flooded affected regions of China’s Yiliang county of Yunnan province.
However according to the Chinese daily global times close to 300 students in the area have also been evacuated due to the heavier than usual rains continued to hit the area.
Meanwhile the Yiliang county’s meteorological observatory has updated the rainstorm with a red warning meaning that heavy rains exceeding 50 millimeters in an hourly will persist and issued a meteorological warning for mountain torrent disasters.
Henan which is China’s largest wheat growing province is also expected to be hit by a torrent of rains in the coming days as per the weather prediction released on Thursday.
Consequently these rains are expected to complicate further efforts to harvest grain that has already been damaged by a May that was wetter than usual.
China’s agricultural ministry this week urged locals to dispatch emergency teams to drain the waterlogged fields and to save as much of the crop as possible, speed up access by harvesters and mobilise drying machinery.
Meanwhile this year China was expected a bumper crop of around 137 million tonnes of which 30 million tonnes will likely be impacted by the rains.
Of this 10 to 20 million likely sprouted which means it’s no longer fit for human consumption said Ma Wenfeng a senior analyst with Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultancy.
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