Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 20 000 people after a large landslide blocked a major river in Sichuan on June 17, 2020. At least one person has been killed while 3 others remain missing across the province.
According to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters, heavy rain has been lashing large parts of the province on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 16 and 17, with the heaviest precipitation exceeding 323 mm (12.7 inches). This is the heaviest 24-hour rainfall since the start of the rainy season.
Heavy rain has triggered floods and mudslides in several counties of the province, cutting off roads and damaging homes and crops.
At least 14 people trapped people were rescued, but two others remain missing after a large landslide blocked a major river in Danba county on June 17, threatening villages downstream. The disaster also caused flooding and cut off several roads in the area.
Search and rescue operations are in progress.
On June 16, Hunan province officials announced that five waves of heavy rains resulted in floods that affected more than 1.4 million people across the province. 1 605 homes were destroyed and more than 140 000 ha (346 000 acres) of crops damaged.
The video below shows the destruction of a 400-year-old bridge in Hunan's prefecture-level city of Zhangjiajie:
In total, at least 63 people were confirmed dead or missing on June 16 and almost 8.5 million affected by heavy rains, floods and landslides across southern China.
Worsening floods have also displaced nearly 500 000 and caused direct economic losses of about 4 billion dollars or 21 billion yuan.
GFS – Total rainfall accumulation model
Featured image credit: SCMP
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