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World China: 140 dead or missing after floods, Wuhan threatened

00:50  14 july  2020
00:50  14 july  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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According to the authorities, more than 140 people are either dead or missing due to the severe floods .

China Deadly Floods . In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a man Around 28,000 homes have been damaged and 141 people have died or are missing in the floods since last month. The province's capital Wuhan was the epicenter of China 's virus outbreak, which appears to have largely

The city of 11 million inhabitants is part of the growing list of cities watching with concern the rising waters of the Yangtze, the longest river in China.

Les inondations ont déjà fait 140 morts et disparus en Chine et menacent désormais la célèbre métropole de Wuhan. © STR / AFP The floods have already killed 140 people and disappeared in China and now threaten the famous metropolis of Wuhan.

Flood alert in central and eastern China. These floods have already left 140 dead and missing and now threaten the famous metropolis of Wuhan , where the coronavirus was spotted in December. The city of 11 million inhabitants is part of the growing list of cities that watch with concern the rising waters of the Yangtze, the longest Chinese river.

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The province's capital Wuhan was the epicenter of China 's virus outbreak, which appears to have largely been contained. Key tourist destinations in China ’s south have sustained flood damage that is compounding financial stress caused by the massive drop-off in numbers of visitors.

The province's capital Wuhan was the epicenter of China 's virus outbreak, which appears to have largely been contained. Flooding in some areas last week forced the rescheduling of portions of the crucial four-day national college entrance exams that had already been delayed for a month because

It winds in the country over 6,000 kilometers and is today at a worrying level: it reached its third highest mark in history at Wuhan according to a local daily. Floods are common in China during the summer period. They particularly strike the Yangtze River basin, which crosses many regions. The river is the third longest in the world after the Nile and the Amazon. About 400 million people live nearby, about a third of the Chinese population.

Recurrent rains since June have flooded large areas of the southern half of the country. The government has so far counted 141 people dead or missing, 28,000 homes damaged and nearly 38 million people affected to varying degrees. But the increase in precipitation since last week has caused a sudden and worrying rise in water levels.

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A total of 33 rivers have reached record levels and alerts have been issued around 433 rivers, the Ministry of Water Resources announced on Monday. Videos released by media this weekend showed impressive scenes, with many villages and towns flooded, single-story homes submerged to the roof, or rescuers evacuating men, women and children in inflatable boats.

Concerns around Poyang Lake

Elsewhere, dwellings were razed by landslides and workers were building makeshift dikes using backhoes to contain the waves. The provinces most affected are Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan (center), Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu (east) and the municipality of Chongqing (south-west).

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A sign of growing concern, President Xi Jinping on Sunday called on local authorities and the army to mobilize to rescue and relocate the affected residents. China "has entered a critical period of flood control," he said in a government statement. "Communist Party committees and authorities at all levels must courageously focus on their missions."

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Floods across large swathes of central and eastern China that have left more than 140 people dead or missing are hitting record levels, with authorities warning the worst was yet to come. The coronavirus ground zero of Wuhan , through which the powerful Yangtze River winds, is on an expanding list of

Damage from wide-spread flooding in China may have cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Some 28,000 homes have been damaged and 141 people have died or are missing since the floods Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, is particularly severely affected as the Yangtze flows through the

Among the main places of concern: Lake Poyang, in Jiangxi, whose waters have reached a record level, according to provincial authorities. Largest expanse of fresh water in the interior of China, it flows into the Yangtze, thereby swelling the flow of the river.

Two other lakes, the Dongting (center) and the Taihu (east), are also on alert, according to the Ministry of Water Resources.

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China experienced its worst floods in recent decades in 1998. They then killed more than 4,000 people, mainly in the Yangtze River basin. Floods occur naturally every summer in China due to seasonal rains and melting ice in the upper reaches of rivers and streams in the Himalayan mountains.

But the trend has increased over the decades. Partly due to the massive construction of dams, which in places prevent lakes and plains from fully absorbing summer floods. Environmentalists also point out that the rapid melting of the Himalayan glaciers due to climate change could lead to even more dangerous floods in the future.


Video: China plagued by severe flooding in 27 regions (Le Figaro)

China blows up dam in eastern province to ease flood risk .
Chinese authorities blew up part of a dam in eastern Anhui province to relieve flood pressure, local media reported, as heavy rains continue to swell rivers across parts of the country. Rising waters across central and eastern China have left over 140 people dead or missing, and floods have affected almost 24 million since the start of July, according to the ministry of emergency management Authorities have adopted measures such as diverting water into back-up resevoirs to keep levels manageable as major rivers and lakes hit record highs. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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