Continued rainfall in central China’s Shanxi province has led to the evacuation of 120,000 people, while the number of victims rises to about two million.
According to the provincial Emergency Department, it also reported the destruction of 190,000 hectares of farmland and the collapse of at least 17,000 houses.
Similarly, the Shanxi Meteorological Office warned that more precipitation is expected in the southern part of this province, which has a population of about 35 million inhabitants spread over an area similar to that of Uruguay.
#China/ Almost 2 million displaced and 5 deaths in Shanxi province (north) due to heavy rains and floods
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October 11, 2021
From 8:00 p.m. local time (12:00 UTC, in China there is only one time zone) on October 2 until 08:00 (01:00 UTC) on the 7th, rainfall reached 119 mm, a figure three times higher than the October average in the province, according to the meteorological authority.
It also transpired the rupture of a dam on Saturday in the Fenhe, a tributary of the Yellow River which, in turn, registered its second largest flood in almost 40 years.
At the end of last week, the provincial authorities already reported the death of at least five people due to the constant rains.
Previously, the neighboring province of Shanxi also suffered last week the effect of persistent rainfall, which caused the evacuation of more than 50,000 citizens in the province, in a context in which the National Meteorological Center of China reported that the rains in northern China (which includes Shanxi) they set an all-time high last September.
All this happens after a month of September, considered the warmest in the country since 1961.