China Hit by Severe Rains: 11 Missing and Thousands Evacuated

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.22 - 2024 8:34 AM CET

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Heavy rains in southern China's Guangdong province have caused significant damage.

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Heavy rains have devastated the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, leading to the evacuation of nearly 54,000 residents and leaving at least 11 people missing.

This weather event, which began late last week, has caused extensive damage across the province, disrupting daily life and endangering many lives.

Scale of the Disaster

The torrential downpour affected many cities in the region, including Guangzhou, the administrative center of Guangdong, which has a population of approximately 15.5 million people.

To ensure the safety of affected residents, authorities relocated over 53,740 people to safer locations, with more than 12,000 evacuated urgently due to immediate threats to their safety.

Local authorities also reported widespread destruction, with landslides, damaged buildings, and blocked roads posing significant hazards to the population. The heavy rains caused considerable structural damage, with 36 houses destroyed and 48 sustaining serious damage.

The estimated direct economic losses from this event amount to nearly 140.6 million yuan, equivalent to approximately $19.8 million.

Rescue Operations

Rescue teams continue their efforts in the affected areas, focusing on locating the missing individuals and providing aid to those displaced by the heavy rains. The situation remains critical, as more rain is forecasted, and emergency response teams are working to mitigate further damage and loss of life.

As reported, the United Arab Emirates experienced its heaviest downpour on record last week, leading to flooding at Dubai International Airport.

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