Floods and landslides claim at least 15 lives across China

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Continuous torrential rains caused floods and triggered landslides in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, southwestern Yunnan Province, and eastern Fujian Province on Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27, 2022.

At least 15 people were killed – of which 8 after landslides hit two buildings in Fujian. 5 were killed and 3 remain missing in Yunnan while 2 were killed after being swept away by floodwaters in Guangxi.

According to preliminary official figures, nearly 7 280 ha (18 000 acres) of crops were damaged, at least 150 buildings destroyed as well as 130 bridges and roads in Yunnan’s Quibei County. Communications and electrical facilities were severely damaged.

Heavy rainfall in Fujian’s Wuping county caused national highways, provincial roads and two homes to collapse, killing 8 people.

More than 220 mm (8.6 inches) of rainfall was registered in Shifang, Wuping County on May 27 – way beyond the previous record.

The highest recorded daily rainfall in Yunnan reached 150 mm (5.9 inches).

Featured image credit: CCTV

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