Southern China Updates: As rivers overflowed and floodwater levels reached a 50year high on Tuesday, two provinces raised flood warnings. Videos on state media show people being rescued by ropes across raging rivers and automobiles being washed down streets. According to weather experts, the region is experiencing its heaviest rainfall since 1961.
One of the worst hit cities is Shaoguan in Guangdong province, For the city of Qingyuan in Guangdong, a similar alarm was issued.Rain has disrupted supply chains in the lowlying Pearl river basin, which surrounds Guangdong and Guangxi. Manufacturing and shipping were already suffering as a result of stringent anti-Covid regulations.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS EVACUATED AS FLOODS RAVAGE SOUTHERN CHINA
According to Xinhua News, authorities in Jiangxi province in southeast China have issued a flood alert after 485,000 residents in nine districts were reportedly affected. According to Xinhua, 43,300 hectares of crops were damaged, resulting in economic losses estimated at 470 million yuan ($70.2 million, £57 million).The Pearl River basin’s water levels will continue to rise, local officials have warned, and the situation is likely to get worse over the next few days. The average rainfall in the provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, and Guangxi between early May and midJune was 621 millimetres, Flooding is a common occurrence throughout the summer rainy season in southern China, but there are worries that the problem may be getting worse due to climate change.
However, the rain is expected to arrive next in the north of the country, where several locations are already enjoying extremely high temperatures. Scientists warn that severe flooding incidents are increasing as a result of climate change, endangering infrastructure and crops as well as people. According to a report published on Wednesday by the Associated Press, the Assam province of India and the Indian state of Meghalaya both had higherthanaverage rainfall during the first three weeks of June.During South Asia’s monsoon season, which lasts from June to September, some degree of flooding is anticipated. However, according to scientists, the monsoon patterns are altering and intensifying. Following several days of torrential rain that was reportedly the heaviest in 1,000 years, a second flood in China’s Henan province in July claimed the lives of at least 25 people and caused at least 100,000 people to flee their homes. The Yangtze River was the site of China’s deadliest floods, which claimed 2,000 lives and destroyed 3 million dwellings in 1998.