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Southern China hit by extreme rains, floods as ‘dragon boat water’ peaks

BEIJING: Huge tracts of southern China have been pounded by extreme storms, triggering flooding in cities and mudslides in rural areas, as the primary bout of summer season rains reached the height of their energy.

Streets turned to swollen rivers as vehicles and single-storey homes have been swept away in at the very least two counties in Guizhou province in southwestern China on Saturday, in line with movies circulating on Chinese language social media. The rainfall in some areas has been the heaviest in 60 years.

In neighbouring autonomous area Guangxi, 5 villagers have been killed when a home constructed of wooden gave means after being lashed by torrential rains, state media stated on Saturday.

Mudslides and highway collapses have been additionally reported.

Heavy rainfall will persist within the provinces of Guizhou, Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang, in addition to in Guangxi, till early subsequent week, in line with state climate forecasts on Sunday, as a wet window referred to as “dragon boat water” peaks.

In southern China, the weeks previous and following the Dragon Boat Competition in early June are historically marked by unsettled and wet climate as heat and humid air within the south collides with cooler air lots from the north.

The early summer season storms have been larger in depth and extra extended than normal this yr, with precipitation in Guangxi, Guangdong and Fujian at its highest since 1961, in line with native climate bureaus.

“Chilly and heat air has converged over southern China, and the 2 sides have entered right into a impasse and a tug of conflict,” stated Wang Weiyue, an analyst at climate.com.cn, an arm of the China Meteorological Administration.

China is traditionally vulnerable to summer season flooding, however in current occasions, it has change into extra susceptible as a consequence of deforestation, reclamation of wetlands and storage of water for energy technology and irrigation. Local weather change has additionally been blamed.

In July 2021, a whole bunch of individuals died when excessive flooding struck Zhengzhou, a metropolis of 12 million in central China, a few of whom drowned in a submerged subway line.

The continued rains in southern China are anticipated to ease across the summer season solstice on Tuesday.

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