China's meteorological authorities on Monday issued a blue alert, the lowest level in the warning system, for rainstorms expected to hit the country's southern regions.
The National Meteorological Center said late Monday that some parts of Jiangsu, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Guizhou, as well as Chongqing municipality will see heavy rain and rainstorms over the next 24 hours.
Southwestern parts of Anhui will be hit hardest, with precipitation up to 130 millimeters, the center forecast.
The center warned local authorities, especially those in Hubei and Anhui, to strengthen monitoring of rivers and lakes and guard against possible geological disasters such as floods and landslides.
Meanwhile, the center said moderate rain will hit some parts of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Gansu and Hebei provinces, in northeast China, and regions along the Yellow and Huai rivers from Monday to Tuesday.
China has a four-color coded warning system, with the red being the most serious and followed by orange, yellow and blue.