Though the rain in Shanghai this week has certainly been an inconvenience, the human impact has been negligible compared to the ordeal other areas in China have been suffering. Downpours in Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guizhou and Anhui provinces began Monday evening, and hit Zhejiang province Tuesday morning.
China Daily reports that rainfall in Hubei resulted in 7 missing persons and 1 dead, with 6 hydroelectric station workers In the city of Shiyan disappearing after a landslide.
A further three people were killed in Guizhou by lightning on Monday and Tuesday, while heavy downpours and hailstorms killed four people and nearly 1,000 farm animals, which brings the total for missing or dead persons nationwide from this month’s flooding to 170.
According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, 88,000 people in six provinces have been forced to leave their homes since Monday.
The rains and flooding that are now raging throughout southern and central China stand in direct contrast with the severe drought that we highlighted several weeks ago. The volatility of recent precipitation patterns, completely lacking one week and then provided excessively the next, means the old adage of ‘when it rains, it pours non-stop for days on end like something out of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez magical-realist novel’ is still accurate.
The above photos depict the impact the rain has had on urban areas throughout Hubei and also in different districts in the Zhejiang metropolis of Hangzhou.