Flooding hits China's south but temperatures sizzle elsewhere

A villager clears tree branches stuck on the bridge in the rain at a flooded area in Liuzhou, in south-western China's Guangxi province on June 13. - PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (Reuters): China's National Meteorological Centre on Sunday issued an alert for high temperatures as multiple regions across the country experience sweltering heat, while many southern provinces issued severe flood warnings due to heavy rains.

The intensity of high temperatures is expected to decrease in north China and regions between the Yellow River and the Huaihe River, the centre said.

The centre forecast maximum temperatures of 37-39 degrees Celsius (99-102 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia and Henan on Sunday.

Heavy rains have lashed southeastern Fujian province for seven days and are expected to continue, with water levels in some rivers exceeding warning levels.

Authorities have released water from several reservoirs, China's state television CCTV reported.

Authorities in Guangxi region said water levels of some local rivers had "skyrocketed" and that a student was killed in the floods in the southern city of Guilin, CCTV reported.

(Reporting by Farah Master and Ella Cao; Editing by Lincoln Feast.) - Reuters

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