Parts of SE China receive largest rainfall since 1961 - 1 600 homes destroyed, 80 000 people evacuated

Parts of SE China receive largest rainfall since 1961 - 1 600 homes destroyed, 80 000 people evacuated

Heavy rainfall hit SE China this week, destroying homes and crops and forcing evacuation of nearly 80 000 people.

Weather authorities said the affected region saw 51% higher rainfall this week than in corresponding periods of previous years and the largest since 1961.

Buildings and streets were flooded in some of the worst-hit areas and trains along the Beijing-Guangzhou railway delayed after rising waters blocked a bridge in the southern province of Hunan, state television said, as reported by Reuters.

The latest episode has caused losses of 2.69 billion yuan ($392 million), with 126 100 hectares (311 600 acres) of farmland damaged and 1 600 homes collapsed, the Ministry of Emergency Management has estimated.

As of July 11, media report 3 fatalities and 3 missing persons in Youxian County (Hunan Province), and one missing person in Guangxi Province. 

The Ministry of Emergency Management added that 77 000 people have been evacuated. The areas which were impacted were Hunan and Jiangxi province, eastern Zhejiang which is the southeastern province of Fujian. 

Yangtze River is set to go beyond its warning level for the first time this year.

The rainfall in the south may go beyond the average by 30 to 70% on a ten-day span. 

Featured image credit: GFS/TropicalTidbits

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