Beijing (AP) — Heavy storms have caused massive floods and landslides in southern China, destroying buildings, crops and roads, and leaving many home away.
In Guangxi, 145,000 people have been moved to safe areas and more than 10,000 homes have been destroyed, Xinhua reported.
According to local governments, another 500,000 people were affected in neighboring Jiangxi province, and 433,000 hectares (1 million acres) of crops were flooded.
Approximately 274,000 people are seeking help in Guangzhou, according to the state’s emergency management department.
Heavy rains have disrupted roads and washed away homes, cars and crops in some cities. The Meteorological Bureau predicts that it will rain more in the next few days. Chinese officials issued the first red warning of the year, the most serious warning, about the possibility of mountain torrents on Sunday.
China experiences regular floods during the summer, but most often in the central and southern regions with the highest rainfall.
The worst flood in China in recent years was in 1998, killing more than 2,000 people and destroying nearly 3 million homes. Most of them are along the Yangtze River, the most powerful river in China.
The government has invested heavily in flood control and hydropower projects such as the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.
World wide, More intense tropical storms It is increasing as a result of climate change, leading to increased floods, life, crops and groundwater threats.