Floods have taken 21 lives in Guizhou’s Wangmo County (望谟县), with an additional 32 people being reported as missing. The torrential downpour that began on Friday has impacted 16 cities and counties in Guizhou province, affecting nearly 400,000 people, with 13,000 hectares of ruined farmland (32,124 acres) and an estimated 1.34 billion RMB in damages occurring in Wangmo County alone.
According to China Daily, major rescue operations have been taking place in Wangmo County, with 45,400 residents evacuated, and 3,000 others remaining stranded as of Tuesday morning. 801 homes have been destroyed, with a further 4,813 homes damaged.
More than 330 soldiers and policemen have been tasked with clearing debris from roads and restoring normal traffic operations for students rushing to take college exams.
Heavy rains have not been limited to Guizhou, with central Hunan, southeastern Hubei and western and northern Zhejiang also receiving between 100 to 200 millimeters of rain from Saturday to Monday. In contrast to the situation in Guizhou, the rains are seen as a blessing due to water shortages and drought currently affecting China, with 186,500 hectares (460,852 acres) and 340,666 hectares (841,804 acres) of farmland reclaimed from drought in Jiangxi and Hunan, respectively.