Massive floods hit a China struggling to recover from Covid-19

Massive floods hit a China struggling to recover from Covid-19

  • Intense downpours hit areas already struggling after coronavirus, with more rain expected in the coming days.

After weeks of intense seasonal flooding in southwestern and central China, torrential rains have caused more floods along the Yangtze River, with nearly 300,000 people evacuated in the eastern provinces of Anhui and Jiangxi as homes have been destroyed, roads paralyzed and many left stranded without food or electricity.

More than 2,000 homes were damaged by the latest floodwaters, forcing the evacuation of 147,000 people by Tuesday in Anhui, after a week of heavy rainstorms on the country’s eastern coast.

In neighboring Jiangxi, more than 151,000 people were evacuated, with nearly 2,000 houses damaged, between Monday and Wednesday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The seasonal floodwaters first hit the regions of Sichuan and Chongqing in the southwest and Hubei in central China in late June, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and damaging more than 10,000 houses.

The unusually heavy floods have presented an additional challenge to many in areas already struggling with lost income and jobs caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, China’s National Meteorological Center warned of more downpours in southern parts of the country in the coming days.

Hundreds of rescuers have been deployed in the latest areas to be hit by the extreme weather, organizing evacuations and handing out supplies.