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China evacuates over 100.000 people, as heavy rain continues to lash south

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China evacuates over 100.000 people, as heavy rain continues to lash south

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In the southern province of Guangdong, heavy rainfall persists, prompting the evacuation of over 100,000 individuals. On Tuesday, authorities escalated their alert level to the highest tier as the storms persisted.

This surge in rainfall has led to tragic consequences, claiming the lives of four individuals, with an additional ten reported missing, adding to the string of extreme weather events experienced across China due to climate change. Rivers in Guangdong have swollen due to the torrential rains, prompting state media to issue warnings of flood risks at levels typically seen only once a century. Across Guangdong, villages, farmland, and urban areas have been inundated, with reports of collapsed bridges and vehicles adrift in the floodwaters. Alongside the evacuated population, at least 25,000 individuals have sought refuge in emergency shelters.

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In Guangzhou, the provincial capital, April rainfall has already surpassed previous records dating back to 1959, reaching a cumulative total of 609mm. This prolonged deluge has significantly impacted the Pearl River Delta region, a vital manufacturing center and one of China’s most densely populated areas, enduring nearly a week of relentless rainfall. Despite typically experiencing heavy rains around September, the region has witnessed an increase in both intensity and frequency of rainstorms and floods in recent years.

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Authorities in Shenzhen, the country’s third-largest coastal city, issued a red alert, urging residents to take precautionary measures and avoid flood-prone areas. They emphasized the risks associated with heavy rains, including waterlogging, flash floods, landslides, mudslides, and ground subsidence.

The United Nations’ recent report highlighted Asia as the region most severely affected by climate change in 2023, citing floods and storms as primary contributors to casualties and economic losses. Scientists continue to underscore the connection between human-induced climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and the escalation of extreme weather events.

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As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China faces mounting challenges exacerbated by increasingly intense and frequent weather conditions. Last November, the China Meteorological Administration reported record-breaking daily and monthly rainfall at numerous weather stations during the previous flood season, while the country has also grappled with droughts and severe heatwaves in recent months.

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