Posted on Jul 14, 2018
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are wreaking havoc across China, with floods along major rivers destroying bridges, blocking roads and railways and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate, state media has reported (July 14th).
According to reports by China's state television, 241 rivers in 24 provinces had flooded in the last few days, causing direct economic losses of 25.9 billion yuan (£2.93 billion).
Weather forecasters are predicting more downpours throughout the country on Saturday, with floods and landslides expected in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
State television further reported that 241 rivers in 24 provinces had flooded in the last few days.
Floods in the province had caused damage to the tune of about 2.4 billion yuan by Thursday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management, which had sent emergency relief teams to Sichuan and neighbouring Gansu province.
The nearby city of Chongqing had evacuated more than 80,000 residents by Friday, Xinhua reported. Gansu, also in the northwest, reported 15 people killed, four missing and more than 1 million affected by a week of heavy rain and flash floods, the official China News Service said on Saturday.
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