Flooding in China kills at least 12 people, thousands evacuated

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flash floods at least a dozen people have died and thousands more have been endangered in southwest and northwest China, state media reported on Sunday.

In the southwestern province of Sichuan, at least six people have died and 12 more are missing as a result of flooding caused by heavy rain, state news agency CGTN reported.

The report said about 1,300 people had been evacuated as of Saturday.

Meanwhile in Longnan City northwestern Gansu provinceSix more people were reported dead and 3,000 people were evacuated, state broadcaster CCTV reported. Precipitation for 1 1/2 days was 98.9 millimeters (3.9 in) in the hardest hit areas, nearly double the July average.

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A car is seen near part of a bridge that was washed away by flood waters along a river in Qingyang in northwest China's Gansu province on Saturday, July 16, 2022.  thousands more are at risk, state media reported on Sunday.

A car is seen near part of a bridge that was washed away by flood waters along a river in Qingyang in northwest China’s Gansu province on Saturday, July 16, 2022. thousands more are at risk, state media reported on Sunday.
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The rains are coming in the heat in parts of the country, including the eastern province of Zhejiang and the city of Shanghai, temperatures reached 42 degrees Celsius (107 Fahrenheit) last week.

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Experts say such extreme weather events are becoming more likely due to changing of the climate. Warmer air can hold more water, resulting in more heavy downpours when it is released.

A worker wearing a hazmat suit waits to be tested for COVID-19 at the Beijing Coronavirus Testing Site, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Residents in the Shanghai and Beijing areas have been ordered to undergo additional rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in two cities, while additional restrictions remain in place in Hong Kong, Macau and other cities.

A worker wearing a hazmat suit waits to be tested for COVID-19 at the Beijing Coronavirus Testing Site, Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Residents in the Shanghai and Beijing areas have been ordered to undergo additional rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases in two cities, while additional restrictions remain in place in Hong Kong, Macau and other cities.
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The flood adds economic problems fueled in part by strict zero-COVID measures restricting travel and disrupting supply chains.

Children play in a splash pad at Hemisfair Park as temperatures hit 93°F/34°C in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on June 28, 2022.  REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal

Children play in a splash pad at Hemisfair Park as temperatures hit 93°F/34°C in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal
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China is not the only country experiencing extreme weather this summer. In Germany, low water levels in the Rhine due to drought have disrupted the supply chain of goods to the country. heat waves also hit the southern US, where temperatures are expected to rise above 38 C (100 F) in the coming days.