Heatwave, flooding: extreme weather cause havoc in China
According to the Chinese Deutsche Welle, around 58,000 people in seven cities in China was affected during the wave of heavy rainfall last week. Over 50 thousands of people in cities like Chengdu, Deyang, Leshan had to evacuated. The economic loss was about 60 million yuan (8,9 million dollars).
Heavy rain also hit many places in Gansu province last week, resulting in flooding and landslides. In Longnan City, 6 people were killed. Mainland media reported that the extreme weather has made over 90 thousands residents from 80 townships suffered.
Meanwhile, high temperatures and intense heat continue to plague Chinese residents in other parts of China. According to China’s Central Meteorological Station warning, Chinese citizens in Sichuan, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Henan, Hebei will experience excessive heat waves for more than 10 days in a row. Temperatures in these areas and many other places are likely to soar over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit.)
According to Yahoo Taiwan, experts say that this weather condition might lead to bigger rainstorm since warm air can absorb moisture, which means it can retain more water vapor.
Sudden mudflow in Ya’an, Sichuan, residents climb out of mud
Due to heavy rainfall, a mudflow occurred on July 16 in the south of outer Yucheng District, Ya’an City.
According to the video provided by netizens, at the time of the incident, there were still some cars moving in the road where the mudflow happened. The person who took the video shouted, “Hurry up! White car!” as a white car were speeding up to escape the mudflow.
Another footage shows 2 people covered in mud getting out of a car crash.
Local authorities have blocked several roads surrounding the area. Debris flow from the incident turned parts of some roads impassable. No casualties were reported.
Qingyang, Gansu witness largest flood since 1956
From 3 a.m. on July 15, continuous heavy rainfall appeared in many counties in Qingyang City.
According to CCTV News, from 8:00 on July 14 to 8:00 on July 15, the cumulative rainfall measured in Qingyang City, Gansu Province exceeded 250 mm. The water level of the Malian River rose rapidly, its peak flow reached 5,100 cubic meters per second in the morning of July 15th.
1 dead, 7 injured as inflatable swimming pool collapsed in Suining, Sichuan
Mainland media reported that an accident occurred in the Pengnan Amusement Center in Sichuan Province on July 16.
After the incident, the search and rescue team was dispatched to the river area to look for the missing people. The cause of the collapse is being investigated.