Severe Floods Sweep Through China

Floods in China have killed more than 700 people so far this year. From MarketWatch:

Since the start of the flood season in April, more than 230 rivers have seen water levels pass the danger mark. Heavy rains had increased the volume of the Yangtze’s mainstream and tributaries, especially the upper Jialing and Mintuo rivers.

The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River had recently acted as a buffer to a potentially destructive flood, blocking more than 40% of the floodwater.

…Floods had hit 27 provinces and municipalities, including Chongqing, Hubei, Jiangxi and Sichuan Provinces, affecting 110 million people and forcing the evacuation of 8.06 million people since the beginning of this year. The economic losses related to the weather are 142.2 billion yuan ($21 billion), according to a press conference held by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on July 21.

This video (h/t Shanghaiist) shows flooded streets in as seen from a public bus:

See also “Record water levels test China’s giant dam” from CNN.

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