China.  Flood in the south.  Tens of thousands of wounded and missing were evacuated

Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in southern China. Several people were injured and at least 11 people were missing. Tens of thousands of residents were forced to evacuate.

Since Thursday, heavy rains have fallen in Guangdong Province, the richest and most populous province in the People's Republic of China, which is inhabited by 127 million people. Heavy rains caused landslides in mountainous areas. Six people were injured and several others were trapped near the city of Jiangwan in northern Guangdong, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

China's Xinhua News Agency reported that at least 11 people were missing after heavy rains.

More than 53,000 people had to be moved. The evacuations mainly affected residents of Qingyuan, a city located about 60 kilometers from the provincial capital Guangzhou.

The danger of the “flood of the century”

Local meteorological officials said on Sunday that some sections of rivers in the province's main drainage basins, the Shi Jiang and Bai Jiang, recorded water levels that are statistically likely to occur once every 50 years.

Local authorities say that due to river floods there is a risk of the “flood of the century.”

More than 2,600 hydrological stations in the governorate, representing about 60 percent, recorded daily rainfall within 24 hours exceeding 50 liters of rain per square meter, with more falling in some places.

Floods occurred in Guangdong ProvinceBab/EPA/Xinhua/Huang Jubao

It is noteworthy that heavy rainfall in southern China is not unusual, but experts believe that climate change caused by greenhouse gases emitted by humans is causing the intensification and frequency of extreme weather events.

Bab, Reuters, tvnmeteo.pl

Main image source: Bab/EPA/Xinhua/Huang Jubao

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