China floods: Floods in China forced thousands of people to leave their homes, affecting more than 500,000 people in Jiangxi
Beijing : Incessant rains have caused flooding in southern China. A peak level of flood risk was announced in southern China, forcing thousands of people to evacuate. A construction center in Guangdong has suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising water and the threat of landslides. Homes of about 500,000 people have been damaged and lives affected in neighboring Jiangxi province.
Heavy rains have damaged roads and destroyed homes, cars and crops in parts of the city, and more rains are expected in the coming days. Chinese officials on Sunday issued the first red alert of the year for potential mountain rivers.
Rescue workers in Zhejiang province rescue people trapped in flooded villages by boat.
China regularly experiences flooding during the summer months, with the central and southern regions receiving the most rainfall. This year’s floods have been the worst in decades in some regions, and amid heavy COVID-19 regulations in China, heavy rains and floods have disrupted tourism, jobs and normal life in many parts of the country.
China’s worst floods in recent years occurred in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly three million homes were destroyed, mostly along the Yangtze River, China’s most powerful river. The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydroelectric projects in the Yangtze, such as the giant Three Gorges Dam.
Globally, climate change is resulting in more intense tropical storms, increasing the risk of flooding, threatening lives, crops and groundwater.