The Global Times reports that both the Northern and Southern regions of China have been affected by heavy rainfall and flooding this week. The latest victim counts indicate that 105 people have died and 115 others remain missing.
The powerful storms in the south come from the tail of Typhoon Utor, which passed over Hong Kong and Guangdong last week. 22 people died and 8 are still missing after the storms hit Guangdong, while neighboring Hunan Province lost 5 lives and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost 6. 80,000 people were stranded due to rail delays caused by landslides related to these storms.
In all, 8.37 million people in these southern Provinces have been affected by this extreme weather. Xinhua reports that economic losses are huge too, with Puning City of Guangdong already reporting a loss of 600 million yuan.
In the north of China, the provinces Jilin, Liaoning and Heilongjiang are also experiencing detrimental effects of severe weather in the form of flooding and heavy rains. The floods which Xinhua news is calling the “worst in decades”, have brought misery to 3.72 million people in the region. Liaoning was the worst hit with 54 deaths and 97 missing, while Jilin and Heilongjiang have lost 15 and 3 lives respectively.
BBC reports that over 840,000 people have been evacuated from the three Northern provinces and also that the devastating effects of the floods in the North have caused 256,000 hectares of crops to fail in the region.
Over 3000 military personal have been deployed to assist with relief efforts. Head over to the BBC to see video footage of the devastation.
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