At Least 15 Dead in China Due to Flooding
Following heavy rainfall, several parts of China are experiencing severe flooding, with authorities reporting at least 15 fatalities. Currently, four individuals are listed as missing.
After days of heavy rain, authorities in southwestern China have confirmed that at least 15 people have lost their lives due to flooding. An additional four individuals have been reported missing in the affected region around the megacity of Chongqing.
Xi Calls for Improved Coordination of Aid
More than 130,000 people have been affected by the storms since Monday. Thousands of individuals have been forced to leave their homes, and bridges and vehicles have been washed away. State and party leader Xi Jinping has urged authorities and ministries to enhance their storm warnings and coordination of relief efforts, with the highest priority placed on ensuring the safety of people and property, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.
Heavy rainfall has also affected other regions of China. Xinhua reports that over 85,000 people have been evacuated to safety in Sichuan Province alone due to flooding, triggering mudslides and landslides.
Seasonal Flooding in the South
Every year during the summer, China experiences seasonal flooding, primarily in the subtropical southern regions of the country. These floods often result in numerous casualties and significant economic damages.
This year, the northern regions of the country have reported the worst flooding in 50 years.