More than three-quarters of China’s regions have suffered flooding, and 121 people have died or are missing since this year due to floods, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Saturday.
As of July 3, 19.38 million people in China’s 26 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, including Guizhou, Sichuan, Hunan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Hubei, have been affected by floods. The direct economic losses have reached 41.64 billion yuan ($5.8 billion).
Since June 26, the eastern part of Southwest China and parts of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River have received 100-300 millimeters of rainfall. Chongqing, Hubei, Guizhou and Zhejiang provinces have received 350-483 millimeters with a maximum hourly rainfall of 100 to 120 millimeters. Flooding in 158 rivers in 16 regions occurred over the past week.
(Compiled by Wang Xiangyu and Ma Di)