23 C
Lahore

China flood death toll rises to 30 as relentless rains batter Beijing

Date:

Share:


This photo taken on August 2, 2023, shows rescuers evacuating residents after heavy rains in Zhuozhou, in northern China’s Hebei province. — AFP

Chinese officials said Saturday that heavy rains and flash floods claimed 10 more lives in a city near the capital Beijing taking the total number of weather-related deaths to at least 30 in the northern part of the country.

Officials reported the deaths in Baoding, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing, adding that 18 people were missing.

Storm Doksuri, a former super typhoon that hit mainland China last Friday, has brought the most severe rains to the region since records began 140 years ago.

“By noon Saturday (0400 GMT), more than 600,000 of Baoding’s 11.5 million residents had been evacuated from areas deemed to be at risk,” officials said.

The torrential rain lashed the provinces bordering Russia and North Korea.

A red alert remains in force in Beijing due to “geological risks” such as landslides linked to the bad weather.

This photo taken on August 2, 2023, shows a flooded street after heavy rains in Zhuozhou, in northern Chinas Hebei province. — AFP
This photo taken on August 2, 2023, shows a flooded street after heavy rains in Zhuozhou, in northern China’s Hebei province. — AFP

Clean-up operations are ongoing after the overwhelming rainfall, which destroyed infrastructure and flooded entire districts.

China has been hit hard by extreme weather in recent months, from record-breaking heatwaves to deadly flooding.

Natural disasters caused 147 deaths or disappearances last month, China said Friday, after the heaviest rains since records began to hit the country’s capital.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said 142 of the deaths or disappearances recorded in July were caused by flooding or geological disasters.

Boats on the streets

Dramatic aerial photographs taken by AFP of Zhuozhou Wednesday showed shopping streets turned into rivers of brown water, while others showed farmland in the surrounding areas completely submerged and floodwater stretching for miles.

This photo taken on August 2, 2023, shows a flooded street after heavy rains in Zhuozhou, in northern Chinas Hebei province. — AFP
This photo taken on August 2, 2023, shows a flooded street after heavy rains in Zhuozhou, in northern China’s Hebei province. — AFP

AFP saw rescuers using boats to ferry instant noodles, bread and drinking water to residents who could not or did not want to leave properties engulfed by water.

Millions of people have been hit by extreme weather events and prolonged heatwaves around the globe in recent weeks, events that scientists say are being exacerbated by climate change.

Ma Jun, director of the Beijing-based NGO the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, said that while the typhoon had brought rain, rising ocean temperatures due to climate change were also causing extreme weather.

“China has suffered unprecedented extreme heatwaves since last year… This year, there are record-breaking high temperatures in Northern China,” Ma told AFP this week.

“These heatwaves are linked to global warming, and this is what most climate scientists around the world tend to agree,” he said.



Source link

Subscribe to our magazine

━ more like this

World Cup 2023: Which record can Shaheen Afridi break during mega event?

Pakistan's ace fast bowler Shaheen Afridi could break another record during the ICC Men's World Cup 2023, slated to kick start on October...

Tammy Beaumont, Harry Brook named PCA Players of the Year

Beaumont, winner of the women's award in 2016, collected the accolade for a second time after a stellar summer in which she broke...

Hitler’s birth house will become a police station to keep neo-Nazis away

Comment on this storyCommentAustria has started work to turn the yellow-brick house where Adolf Hitler was born into a police station, in a...

Overheard on NBA media day: New-look Bucks, LeBron’s understudy and … a green alien?

The 2023-24 NBA season is just weeks away, and as the players and coaches prepare for training camp, our NBA insiders are breaking...

Liverpool predicted lineup vs Union Saint-Gilloise – Europa League

Jurgen Klopp will not be wanting his Liverpool players to dismiss or forget the injustice that occurred at Tottenham on Saturday, but to...
spot_img