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Live updates: China renews blue alert for rainstorms


China's national observatory on Friday renewed a blue alert for rainstorms in several provinces and regions, continuing a period of downpours that have already wreaked havoc across vast stretches of the country.

From Friday night to Saturday night, heavy rainfall and rainstorms are expected in parts of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Hubei, Anhui, Zhejiang and Fujian, the National Meteorological Center said.

The center advised local authorities to remain alert for possible flooding, landslides and mudslides, and recommended halting outdoor operations in hazardous areas.

China has a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Since July, 31 people have died or are missing and 23.85 million people have been affected due to floods in 24 provincial regions, including eastern Anhui and Jiangxi provinces, the Ministry of Emergency Management said on Sunday.

Since early June, the water levels of 433 rivers in China have risen over the danger mark, with 33 of them rising to historical highs, the Ministry of Water Resources said on July 13.