10 dead, thousands displaced in China by heavy rain: report

On Wednesday, 10 people were killed and three went missing, Hunan provincial official Li Dajian said.

Beijing:

Ten people have died in central China when torrential rains hit Hunan province, forcing hundreds of thousands to be evacuated, state media reported.

The downpours, which began on June 1, have led to the evacuation of about 286,000 people, with more than 2,700 houses collapsing or severely damaged, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, 10 people were killed and three went missing, Hunan provincial official Li Dajian said, according to the agency.

“Due to heavy rainfall, the water level of rivers and lakes has risen significantly,” the provincial government said in a statement on Thursday.

“The entire province at all levels is actively responding and doing everything it can to prevent (disasters).”

The rains have hit almost the entire province of Hunan, with some weather stations reporting “historic levels” of precipitation, Xinhua said.

It quoted local authorities as saying 1.79 million people have been “affected”, without providing details.

Authorities have sent tents, folding beds, food and clothing to the affected areas, Xinhua added.

Flooding is quite common in central and southern China, where humid summers are often accompanied by heavy rainfall.

China experienced its worst flooding in a decade last year when floods in central regions killed more than 300 people.

Floods and mudslides left dozens dead in the worst-hit city of Zhengzhou, where residents also became trapped in subway cars, underground parking garages and tunnels.

Experts believe the disaster was likely exacerbated by human-induced climate change.

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