Torrential rain lashes central China; 21 dead, over 6000 evacuated

At least 21 people died as heavy downpours struck central China’s Hubei province, authorities said today, weeks after record floods wreaked havoc and killed hundreds in a neighboring province. 

China has been battered by unprecedented rains in recent months. The extreme weather that experts say is increasingly common due to global warming.

Torrential rains caused power cuts and landslides in China. The rain destroyed hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people, the province’s Emergency Management Bureau said, as reservoirs reach dangerous levels. It was badly hit in Hubei province.

“Twenty-one people were killed and four others are missing as heavy rain lashed townships from Wednesday,” state broadcaster Xinhua reported Friday.

Rescuers carried people to safety on bulldozers. Hundreds of firefighters and thousands of police and military have been dispatched to the worst affected areas, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said.

“We haven’t seen so much rain in 20 or 30 years,” a resident from one of the worst affected areas in the city of Suizhou told local media.

Around 100,000 people were evacuated in the southwestern province of Sichuan last weekend as heavy rains caused several landslides.

Read also: Typhoon In-Fa; China evacuates over 1,00,000 from Shanghai

The same type of incident took place in Henan province last month. A record downpour dumped a year’s worth of  rain on a city in three days and killed more than 300 people.

China’s Meteorological Administration warned that heavy rainfall was likely to continue until next week, with regions along the Yangtze River, including Shanghai, vulnerable to flooding.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.