Floods in China have affected more than half a million people in Jiangxi
Incessant rains in southern China have created a flood-like situation. Heavy flooding in southern China due to heavy rains has forced thousands of people to evacuate areas. A construction center in Guangdong has suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising water and landslide fears. In Jiangxi province, homes of about 500,000 people have been damaged and lives have been disrupted.
Roads have collapsed in parts of the city and heavy rains have destroyed homes, cars and crops and more rains are expected in the coming days. Chinese officials on Sunday issued the first red alert of the year for possible mountain trends, the most severe. Rescue workers in Zhejiang province rescue people trapped in homes in submerged villages by boat.
During the summer months, China regularly experiences flooding, with most of the precipitation falling in the central and southern regions. This year’s floods have been the worst in decades in some regions, and heavy rains and floods in China have disrupted tourism, jobs and normal life in much of the country amid stringent COVID-19 regulations.
The worst floods in China in recent years occurred in 1998, when more than 2,000 people died and nearly three million homes were destroyed, mostly along the banks of the Yangtze, China’s most powerful river. The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydroelectric projects on the Yangtze, such as the Three Gorges Dam.