More than 170 Dead and Missing in China Floods

After suffering a severe drought, parts of China are now enduring floods which have so far killed 94 people. From AFP:

Flooding on the southern reaches of the Yangtze river and in southwest China’s Guangxi region in recent days has affected 13 provinces or regions and destroyed 465,000 hectares (1.5 million acres) of cropland, it said.

The figures were announced by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Provinces such as Hubei, Anhui and Hunan along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze river — China’s longest — had recently been suffering a severe drought.

[…] The flood control and drought relief headquarters said last week the recent downpours had helped ease the Yangtze drought but that many areas were still bone-dry and suffering from acute shortages of water for crops and drinking.

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