BEIJING (AP) — Heavy flooding forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in southern China, with more rain expected.
Guangdong’s manufacturing hub has suspended classes, offices and public transportation due to rising water levels and the threat of landslides.
In neighboring Jiangxi province, nearly 500,000 people’s homes were destroyed and their lives uprooted.
The affected population in Guangdong is roughly the same, mainly concentrated in cities such as Shaoguan, Heyuan and Meizhou.
This downpour Roads have collapsed in parts of the city and homes, cars and crops have been washed away, and more rain is expected in the coming days. Chinese authorities issued their first red alert of the year on Sunday, the most serious warning of possible flash floods.
A little further north, in Zhejiang province, rescuers took inflatable boats to rescue residents trapped in their homes in flooded villages.
Floods are common in China during summer, most often in the central and southern regions where rainfall is highest.This year’s floods are some of the worst in decades in some areas Strict COVID-19 Regulations This has stifled travel, employment and daily life in much of the country.
China’s worst flooding in recent years occurred in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly 3 million homes were destroyed, most of them along the Yangtze River, China’s most powerful river.
The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydropower projects, such as the massive Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze.
within the globe, more intense tropical storms This is on the rise due to climate change, leading to flooding that threatens lives, crops and groundwater.