More insane photos of the flooding in southern China that has killed a total of 54 people, according to the latest from Xinhua. Guizhou province was hardest hit, with 21 dead and 36 missing. Guizhou’s Wangmo country recorded 4.1 inches of rain in just one hour, the most in 200 years! The torrential rains follow months of severe drought, and have wreaked havoc on 4.8 million people in 12 southern provinces. From AFP:
The floods across China have destroyed nearly 7,500 houses and submerged 255,000 hectares (630,000 acres) of farmland, causing direct losses of 4.92 billion yuan ($760 million), he said.
Shu warned local authorities to monitor rainfall and water levels as further heavy rains are expected to hit many parts of the country over the next few days.
In the province of Hunan, which neighbours Guizhou, around 16,000 people were evacuated in Loudi city during rainstorms, Xinhua reported on Monday.