Floods in South China raise the death toll to 47

Floods in South China raise the death toll to 47

Rainfall causes landslides and flooding in Guangdong, a heavily populated area, killing people.

According to official media, the number of fatalities from Friday’s intense rains and flooding in Guangdong province, southern China, increased dramatically to 47.

Floods in South China raise the death toll to 47

China has experienced a wave of extreme weather this summer, with floods in the south occurring concurrently with a heatwave that has swept throughout the north.

This week, the downpours caused record-breaking flooding in many sections of Guangdong and landslides and inundations in the heavily populated region.

The state channel CCTV stated that “the search and rescue of trapped people is difficult and time-consuming due to the severity of the disaster.”

The report stated that the rains had an impact on over 55,000 people and that over 2,200 dwellings and around 4,700 roads had collapsed.

Almost 7,000 hectares of crops were also damaged, in addition to hundreds of power plants and water pipes, as reported by CCTV.

According to the broadcaster, the flooding caused direct economic damages estimated at 5.85 billion yuan ($805.7 million).

A community was completely submerged in murky water on Friday, as captured on CCTV, the water lapping against damaged roofs and stonework.

The floodwater was being pumped out of the village and into a nearby reservoir by trucks parked along an embankment.

Extreme summer
This week, state media said that there had been “once-in-a-century flooding… or the biggest since historical records began” in several locations.

According to official media on Friday, the central government has set aside 105 million yuan ($14.5 million) for emergency flood relief in areas affected by flooding.

In addition to Guangdong, the impacted areas and provinces include Guangxi, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, and Guizhou.

While the south has seen deluges of rain, temperatures in the north of China have soared above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

Since the beginning of June, authorities in a number of provinces have issued heat warnings, advising citizens to restrict their exposure to the sun and to drink plenty of water.

Friday’s rain showers brought some respite from the heat in Beijing, the nation’s capital, where temperatures reached 37°C (98.6F) last week.

Climate scientists claim that extreme weather events, such heat waves and torrential rains, are becoming more common and violent.

The largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which play a vital role in climate change, worldwide is China.

Beijing has promised to achieve net zero emissions by 2060 and to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, making it a powerful greenhouse gas.

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