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High temperatures in the north – heavy rains in the south, China

China has experienced increasing temperatures in its northern regions this month and heavy rains, floods and landslides in the southern regions.

The temperatures in southern Hebei, most of Henan, northern and western Shandong, and Xinjiang were expected to reach 35 °C (95 °F) on May 29, with the highest temperatures up to 38 °C (100.4 °F) and 40 °C (104 °F) in Turpan Basin of Xinjiang and central and northern parts of Henan.

Such high temperatures are expected to persist at least until June 3.

At least 15 people were killed – of which 8 after landslides caused by very heavy rain 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, floods damaged nearly 7 280 ha (18 000 acres) of crops and destroyed at least 150 buildings as well as 130 bridges and roads in Yunnan’s Quibei County. Communications and electrical facilities were severely damaged.

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: Spotlight on China

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