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Millions Affected by Heavy Flooding in Southern China

2020-06-13 14:31
Severe weather in China has wreaked havoc in the northern and southern areas since the start of June. Eleven southern districts have been inundated by floodwaters as heavy rainfall continues, affecting more than 2.6 million people. Meanwhile, the northern districts are experiencing high temperatures. China’s state media reported on June 10 that the flooding has caused more than a dozen deaths, and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes in south and central China. But residents say the numbers could be higher. Locals in the affected areas criticized the authorities for not doing enough. They said the authorities did not send any relief efforts, and the state-run media covered up the severity of the situation. In southern China, waters in 110 rivers have overflowed due to heavy rainfall. Eleven provinces, including Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hunan saw the most damage, including flooded streets, collapsed houses and roads, landslides, and damaged crops. A Chinese netizen posted on Twitter: “Hunan has never received such a heavy rainstorm in fifty years, it continued for four days and four nights straight! There are too many unusual phenomenons this year, the Chinese people are suffering even more.” A video of the rainstorm was included in the Twitter post in which a man shouted: “Enough rain! Enough rain! Enough rain! Enough rain!”