Flooding hits southern China with 14 million affected

Flooding hits southern China with 14 million affected

  • Extreme seasonal weather displaces 744,000 people and causes US$3.8 billion in economic losses across 26 provinces and cities
  • Authorities report 81 missing or dead and more than 10,000 homes destroyed as rivers reach historic levels

Weeks of torrential rain and heavy flooding in southern China have affected 14 million people and caused economic losses of around 27.8 billion yuan (US$3.8 billion).

The Ministry of Emergency Management said 744,000 people across 26 provinces and cities had been displaced, with 81 missing or dead, and more than 10,000 houses had collapsed.

Separately, authorities in the southwestern province of Sichuan reported three people dead and 12 missing on Saturday after overnight rainstorms in Mianning county. In one incident, two vehicles fell into a river, killing two people and leaving three others unaccounted for.

China is experiencing an unusually intense flood season this year, with rainstorm alerts issued for 26 consecutive days in June, according to state news agency Xinhua.