China evacuates 40,000 people from floods, more rain expected

Beijing, July 12 (BNA) More than 40,000 people have been evacuated in China’s Sichuan Province due to floods, state media reported on Wednesday, as rain clouds dumped massive amounts of rain in several parts of the country.

Reuters reported that unusually heavy rainfall has saturated various areas over the past few weeks, causing floods and mudslides that destroyed homes, damaged infrastructure and killed several people.

The rains and floods in China come as other parts of the world are experiencing similarly disastrous torrential downpours, raising new concerns about the pace of climate change.

State broadcaster CCTV reported that 300.7 millimeters (11.8 in) of rain fell on the city of Yan in Sichuan Province over a 14-hour period, causing floods and mudslides that destroyed homes.

Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, issued the red alert, the highest in the four-level warning system, of heavy rain, and several areas recorded record rain.

Guanyun County in Jiangsu Province recorded 275.4 mm (10.8 inches) of rain Monday night, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported that the town of Xiatai in Guangdong Province saw an average daily rainfall of 439 mm (17.3 in) at the end of June.

The Hunan Meteorological Bureau said rainfall reached 137.4 mm (5.4 inches) in Yuanling County in Hunan Province in one hour on June 30.

Meteorological authorities extended the rainstorm alert until Thursday morning for several provinces including Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Sichuan, Gansu and Tibet region, Xinhua reported.

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And state media reported that the National Center of Meteorology said that some of those areas may witness rains of more than 70 mm per hour, as well as thunderstorms and hailstorms.

Officials repeatedly warned of severe weather and geological disasters throughout July.


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