extreme weather

Heat Wave Hits Crisis Levels

As the thermometer mercury hovers well above 100 °F (37 °C) in many southern and eastern Chinese cities for the fourth day in a row during a month-long heat wave, the China Meteorological Administration has issued a level-two...

Coldest Winter in 28 Years Hits China

The cold front that hit southern China a week ago is likely to continue, creating pressure on the country’s transportation systems. Liza Lin at Bloomberg reports: Snow, ice and fog have caused havoc on the nation’s roads...

Storms in Gansu Kill 40

After torrential rains and a violent hailstorm, 40 people were left dead in Gansu province. The region is in the northwestern part of China and is known for the mountainous terrain. BBC reports: The official Xinhua news agency...

Freezing Weather Leads to South China Evacuations

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from their home in southern China due to icy temperatures. From AP: Ice and sleet have collapsed the roofs of more than 200 homes and forced the evacuation of 22,800 people across the...

China Mudslides Were Predicted 13 Years Ago

Peter Ford writes on geologists’ warnings that deforestation could trigger landslides, thirteen years ago. From the Christian Science Monitor: Monster monsoon rains may have loosened the mud and rock that buried and killed...

China Landslide Death Toll Up, Tops 1,100 (Updated)

Xinhua reports on the rising death toll in the northwestern China mudslide area: The death toll from a massive rain-triggered mudslide in Zhouqu County in northwest China’s Gansu Province has risen to 702, with 1,042...

1,300 Missing in China Amid Asian Flood Wave

The Associated Press reports on major floods in northwestern China: Rescuers dug through mud and wreckage Monday searching for 1,300 people missing after flash floods and landslides struck northwestern China, just one of a...

Water Levels Near Record at Three Gorges Dam in China

How will the world’s largest dam hold up in the face of torrential floods? The Three Gorges Dam is put to the test. From the New York Times: Surging waters in the Yangtze River tested the strength of the Three Gorges Dam...

Death Toll Rises to 377 in China’s Flooding This Year

The death toll from torrential rains in southern China continues to mount. From Xinhua: Floods in China have killed 377 people this year, as of Friday, and left 142 others missing, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought...

Rains Burst Levee in Southern China, 88,000 Flee

Storms in southern China have grown more severe, according to the Associated Press: Torrential rains burst a dike in southern China, sending 88,000 people fleeing their homes and prompting China’s top leaders to call...

More Bad Weather Ahead As China Gets Back To Work

From Reuters : Severe winter weather is forecast to affect much of China over the next few days, potentially contributing to fresh transport problems just as millions of people return to work after the week-long Lunar New Year...

Lightning Kills 499 in China This Year – Reuters

The number of lightning-related deaths is nearly double what it was this time last year. Via CNN.com: All of the victims were villagers, and 79 percent were working in the fields when they were struck, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. About two-thirds died between late June and mid-August. Large swathes of China […]



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