Aerial photo taken on Oct 10, 2021 shows the flood-affected Yellow River beach near Lianbo village in Hejin city, North China's Shanxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]Rare floods ravaged areas along the middle and lower reaches of China's Yellow River in September and October as heavy rain not seen in decades hit the region this autumn, National Climate Center said on Thursday.
In the next few weeks, most of the Yellow River Basin is expected to see 10 to 20 percent more precipitation than normal, the National Climate Center said.
On Oct 5, the lower reaches of the Yellow River in Jinan section, Shandong province, experienced heaviest autumn flood over the past 36 years, local authority said.
Four days later, the Fenhe River in Hejin city, Shanxi province, a major tributary of the Yellow River, saw biggest flood since 1964, the local water bureau said.
From Sept 27 through Oct 5, the Yellow River Conservancy Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources released three alerts for flood along the river as the amount of water flowing per second exceeded the warning line.
The recent severe floods in Shanxi have affected 1.75 million people and damaged more than 17,000 houses, the provincial emergency management bureau said on Oct 10.
The National Climate Center said that autumn rain in West China caused the Yellow River Basin's flood in September and October.
In September, precipitation in the basin hit record high in the same period since 1961, nearly tripling that of normal years, the center said.
In West China, autumn rain, a regular weather phenomenon in the country, usually lasts from September to November and leads to autumn rainy seasons in Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou provinces and Chongqing municipality.
The most typical case was the autumn rain in 2003 that caused more than 10 rounds of floods in the Yellow River mainstream and tributaries from August through October. Shandong and Henan were severely affected, the center said.
"This year's autumn rainfall in the basin was similar to that in 2003, but heavier," th