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Floods in southern China: death toll rises to 38

The toll of the torrential rains and floods which affected This week the province of Guangdong, in southern China, became heavier à 38 deaths, announced Friday a state media.

“Due to the severity of the disaster, the search and rescue of trapped people is difficult and takes a long time,” state broadcaster CCTV said.

More than 55,000 people in total were affected by this heavy rainfall, while more than 2,200 houses and nearly 4,700 roads were destroyed, according to the same source. The disaster also damaged hundreds of electrical installations and water pipes, as well as nearly 7,000 hectares of crops, according to CCTV.

A previous report from the authorities on Thursday reported nine people having died in these floods in the surroundings of the city of Meizhou, in the east of the province of Guangdong. But the toll rose to 38 by mid-afternoon Friday.

Floods in southern China: death toll rises to 38

Aerial view of flood damage in Meizhou, on June 21, 2024 in Guangdong province, southern China © AFP – STR

Heavy rains in the densely populated Guangdong region this week caused flooding and landslides, with some areas experiencing record flooding.

CCTV reported that direct economic losses due to the floods were estimated at 5.85 billion yuan ($805.7 million).

CCTV footage broadcast on Friday showed an entire village flooded by muddy waters colliding with broken masonry and roofs with missing tiles.

– The summer of extremes –

State media reported this week that some regions had suffered “100-year floods… (or) the most significant since records began”.

Floods in southern China: death toll rises to 38

A resident cleans her house after flooding in Meizhou, on June 21, 2024 in Guangdong province, southern China © AFP – STR

The central government has allocated 105 million yuan ($14.5 million) in emergency aid to flood-hit regions, media reported Friday As torrential rains lashed the south, northern China sweated under temperatures well above 35 degrees Celsius.

Authorities in several provinces have issued heat alerts since the beginning of June, urging residents to limit their exposure to the sun and to hydrate. Showers eased the heat on Friday in Beijing, where the mercury soared to 37°C last week.

Floods in southern China: death toll rises to 38

Aerial view of flood damage in Meizhou on June 21, 2024 in south China's Guangdong province. © AFP – STR

Scientists warn that climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as heavy rains and heat waves.

China is the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which are one of the main causes of climate change, scientists say.

Beijing has committed to peaking emissions of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas, by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116