Since early June, torrential rains have caused flood alerts to be raised in 433 China rivers
Flood alerts have been raised for 433 rivers in China since early June following torrential rains.
Thirty three of those have been sites where water levels have broken historical records, according to The Guardian. The recent water levels break records not seen since 1998, the article said. In the flooding of 1998, more than 3,000 people were killed and approximately 15 million people lost their houses.
In the eastern province of Jiangxi, one of the worst-hit areas, Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China, reached 22.5 meters. This exceeds the levels it reached in 1998. Authorities issued “wartime” measures, alert levels were raised to the highest level and more than 400,000 people were evacuated, according to The Guardian.
The floods come as the country is working its way through the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Guardian reported that the weeks of rain, flooding and mudslides in nearly all the provinces have affected 27 million people, including the evacuation of 2.24 million people. Figures also report that 141 people have died or are missing.
Last week, China’s National Development and Reform Commission said it would send 309m yuan in relief funds to impacted regions, according to The Guardian. Estimates from officials report that the floods had resulted in direct economic losses of more than 60bn yuan.
Additionally, thousands of soldiers have been sent to the Yangtze River to build dykes and dig channels to release water.