Both the north and south of China are suffering unusual weather. While several cities in the north witnessed heat waves with temperatures reaching over 104 ºF, thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in the south because of severe flooding brought on by days of torrential rain.

Heat waves in North China

According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of China, cities, and counties across China issued a total of 508 high-temperature warnings. Multiple meteorological stations report the temperature has surpassed past registers.

For 11 consecutive days, China’s Central Meteorological Observatory issued high-temperature alerts in some locations. Central and southern Hebei, northeastern Shandong, and northwestern Henan exceed 104 ºF.

On June 24, Zhengzhou’s temperature beat Turpan, Xinjiang, which had a record-high 108.1 ºF. Jiaozuo City also recorded a high of 109.4 ºF this year. According to Net Ease, the surface temperature in Jiyuan, Henan Province, reportedly hit 165.3 °F on June 24 at 13:00, breaking the previous record for the highest ground surface temperature since local monitoring.

Some netizens shared their experiments online. One of them went to the hottest place in Henan and threw an ant on the ground. The ant dies within 3 seconds.

On the same day, netizens from Zhengzhou posted a video claiming that the extreme temperatures caused the glass to break. These glass doors in the video are coated in sharp lines and break when touched with a finger.

When Henan’s high temperature caused hot discussion, neighboring Hebei Province surpassed Henan. CNA reported that 9 locations in Hebei were among China’s 10 highest temperature locations. Shijiazhuang City’s Gaocheng District hit 11.3 °F, record-breaking. 

With such unbearable temperatures, there is no single person on the streets. Most people stay in an air-conditioned room. Otherwise, there is no way to spend the whole day.

Heavy rains inundate South China; natural and man-made floods

Disasters such as torrential rains, floods, and landslides have recently happened in many parts of South China. 

CNA reported that 117 rivers in the Pearl River Basin experienced super-alert floods. Severe floods have occurred in Guangxi since May. As of June 18, 110 counties and cities and almost 2.350 million people have been affected. 

It is impossible to determine the exact number of deaths caused by the flooding because the mainland media hardly ever cover the local crisis scenario.

Shaoguan, Guangdong, opened the reservoir water discharge early out of concern that the flood would cause the dam to collapse. As a result, the downstream cities of Yingde and Qingyuan suffered man-made floods after heavy rainfall.

According to the Secret China outlet, the victims of Yingde said no one went to the rescue site when they asked for help. The authorities deliberately deleted the video sent by residents. 

Footage from Yingde shows many residents have lost their homes due to the nearly total flooding of the townships. The areas have been cut off from water and power. Most of the inhabitants in the affected areas are children and elderly living alone, as the adults have left for work in other locations.

According to estimates by meteorological units, heavy rains in South China are likely to cause a new wave of disasters and seriously affect the grain harvest.

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