Vehicles are stranded on a landslides-hit road in Yiliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 25, 2013. Rainstorms-triggered mountain floods, landslides and mud-rock flows hit the county in this weekend. (Xinhua/Peng Hong)
KUNMING, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A total of 45 people have died and two others are missing due to floods triggered by downpours in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said on Monday.
From May 1 when the province entered the flood season to Aug. 20, 1.63 million people had been affected by flooding and 26,500 people were forced to relocate, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
The deaths and those who went missing happened during the May 1 to Aug. 20 period.
The provincial government has provided 58 million yuan (9.5 million U.S. dollars) and 247,000 people for flood relief works, said the headquarters.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC), China's top meteorological authority, maintained a blue alert for rainstorms on Sunday as heavy rain will continue to batter Yunnan.
Precipitation in the province is expected to reach between 100 and 150 mm from Sunday to Monday, the NMC forecasted.
China uses a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.