The Chinese National Disaster Mitigation Committee and the Ministry of Emergency Management jointly announced the activation of the fourth level of emergency response to tackle the floods in north China’s Hebei Province.
The Ministry of Emergency Management said that since the end of last July, cities such as Handan and Xingtai in the province have suffered from heavy floods caused by monsoon rains, typhoon (N-Fa) and high water flows. 654,000 people were affected, 300+ killed, and 103,000 people were evacuated.
The natural disaster also caused direct economic losses of 660 million yuan (about 102.15 million US dollars).
The Commission and the Ministry sent a team to the affected areas to assist the local authorities in the relief work.
China has a four-tier flood emergency response and control system, with the first level being the most critical.