Seasonal flooding strikes large parts of China annually, especially in its central and southern regions, but has been especially severe this summer. The alter on Huai river has now been moved from Level III to Level II, amid fears of further severe downpours.
For weeks now the southwest and eastern part of China have been experiencing heavy downpour causing floods in many regions. More than 14 people reportedly died in the south of the country due to the flooding. Millions have been evacuated and thousands of troops have been deployed across the country to help shore up defenses.
Besides the Huai River, Yangtze River and Tai Lake are also flooding consequently an increase in china’s death tolls from floods. Reports from the water resources ministry indicate that the flood prevention situation is very severe.
The provinces of Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu and several major cities, including Fuyang, Xinyang, and Huainan have been severely affected with almost everything being lost to the floods. The 1,100km (683 miles) Huai river has washed away Agricultural farms, business premises, and homes.
About 1.8 million people have been evacuated and direct losses attributed to flooding are estimated at more than 49 billion yuan (£5.5 billion), according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Officials said 10 reservoirs on the Huai had seen water levels rise by up to 6.85m (22ft). China typically endures flooding in the rainy summer months, but there are concerns the downpours this year could disrupt global supplies needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic – including personal protective equipment (PPE).
China has made great donations of medical supplies and personal protective gear to African nations to aid in the fight of the novel and within its country also. However, floods may now interfere with the effectiveness supplies of delivery.
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