Heavy flooding, landslides destroy buildings, roads in China
Heavy rains are causing major flooding and landslides in southern China, destroying buildings, crops and roads and forcing many people to flee their homes.
In the Guangxi Autonomous Region, 145,000 people were taken to safety and more than 10,000 homes were destroyed, the official Xinhua New Agency reported.
Another half a million people were affected in neighboring Jiangxi province, where 433,000 hectares (1 million acres) of crops were flooded, according to local authorities.
About 274,000 people have sought help in Guangzhou province, according to the provincial emergency department.
The torrential rains have collapsed roads in some parts of cities and wiped out houses, cars and crops. The meteorological service predicts more rain in the coming days. Chinese authorities issued the first red alert of the year on Sunday, the most serious warning, of possible mountain torrents.
China regularly experiences flooding during the summer months, most often in the central and southern areas where the most rain falls.
China’s worst flooding in recent years was in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly 3 million homes were destroyed, mostly along the Yangtze, China’s mightiest river.
The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydropower projects, such as the massive Three Gorges Dam in the Yangtze.
Globally, more intense tropical storms are increasing due to climate change, leading to more flooding, threatening lives, crops and groundwater.
Southern China clears up from flooding, but more rain on the way
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