Heavy rains have caused severe flooding in large swaths of southern China in recent weeks, causing damage to houses, crops, and roadways. Torrential rains impacted millions of residents and caused billions of CNY economic losses.
Following the over-alert floods in 39 stations of 33 rivers in Guangxi from June 12 through June 17, most of Guangxi, Guangdong, southern Jiangxi, Fujian, and other parts of the country experienced heavy rains.
According to the latest data released by the Guangdong Hydrological Bureau, at 11:45 on June 15, the water level of the Zhongda Hydrological Station in Haizhu District, Guangzhou, reached 2.69 meters, surpassing the once-in-a-century record (2.61 meters).
At 7:00 on June 15, the Guangzhou Hydrology Branch of the Guangdong Hydrology Bureau issued a red flood warning for the central urban area. The red alert is the highest flood warning level, meaning that the water level at the forecast and warning station will exceed the highest in history.
The mountainous areas in northern Guangdong were more seriously affected. According to local media reports, there are hundreds of residents trapped in Lianping County, Heyuan City, and Weng Yuan County, Shaoguan.
The towns of Shangping, Neiguan, Yuanshan, Gaoguan, and Pitou in Lianping County were affected to varying degrees, and 6,823 people were relocated.
On June 14, a video on the Internet showed that a couple in Henghe Town, Huizhou city, Guangdong province, was swept away by the water. The Henghe Township Authority said that the search and rescue effort was continuing in the hope of rescuing the two missing persons.
According to statistics from public reports, the recent heavy rainfall and secondary disasters such as landslides, mudslides, and house collapses have caused 35 deaths. In addition, seven people are missing in Hunan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Fujian, and other places.