Over 440,000 evacuated in Hainan after the heaviest rains for decades
MORE than 440,000 people have been evacuated in Hainan after the heaviest rains for decades inundated 90 per cent of the Chinese island in the South China Sea, state media reported Monday.

Further downpours were forecast for Wednesday, threatening to intensify damage to homes, infrastructure and crops across the island, Xinhua news agency said, quoting Hainan’s governor Luo Baomin.

The floods have affected 2.7 million people in 16 cities and forced schools to close, he said.

More than 3,000 houses have been destroyed by flooding and damage has been done to 1,300 roads, over 40 reservoirs and nearly 170,000 hectares of crops, the report said, citing the provincial civil affairs department.

According to the Hainan meteorological bureau, more rains are forecast to hammer the island on Wednesday and may hamper the relief effort, Mr Luo added.

The torrential rains have been falling for more than a week and are the worst on the island off China’s southeastern coast since 1961.

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