Heavy rainstorms are causing major floods and landslides in southern China, destroying buildings, crops and roads, forcing many people to flee their homes.
In the Guangxi Autonomous Region, 145,000 people were relocated to safety and more than 10,000 houses were destroyed, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Another half a million people were affected in the neighboring province of Jiangxi, where 433,000 hectares (1 million acres) of crops were flooded, according to local authorities.
About 274,000 people have sought help in Guangzhou Province, according to the provincial emergency management department.
IN heavy rainfall it has destroyed roads in some parts of the cities and swept away houses, cars and crops. The meteorological department forecasts more precipitation in the coming days. Chinese authorities on Sunday issued the first red signal of the year, the strictest warning of possible mountain rains.
China regularly experiences floods during the summer months, most often in the central and southern regions, which usually receive the most rainfall.
China’s worst floods in recent years were in 1998, killing more than 2,000 people and destroying nearly 3 million homes, mostly along the Yangtze River, China’s most powerful river.
The government is investing heavily in flood control and hydroelectric projects such as the Yangtze Three Massifs Massif Dam.
Worldwide, more intense tropical storms are on the rise as a result of climate change, leading to increased flooding, endangering life, crops and groundwater.
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