December 3, 2023
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By S├ębastien RICCI

According to an official balance published on Wednesday, the torrential downpours in China’s north have been responsible for at least 62 fatalities.

Last week, the typhoon Doksuri – downgraded from a cyclone to a hurricane after battering neighboring Philippines – swept parts of China with heavy rainfall.

Beijing and Hebei Province in particular experienced the most heavy rainfall for 140 years.

In the Hebei Province, which borders Beijing, at least 15 people were killed. Another 14 died in Northeast China, an important region in China for cereal production.

State media in Heilongjiang reported recently that “alert” levels had been exceeded by dozens rivers.

Zheng Xiaokang is a Jiangxi policeman. “I feel scared when I think of the floods,” he said.

Zheng stated that if residents had not been evacuated on time, it would have resulted in devastating consequences.

China’s extreme temperatures and weather have affected other parts of the country.

On Wednesday, at least seven people died in a flash flooding on the Longxi River (in Sichuan’s south-west).

CCTV reported in Ya’an that around 10am, a dozen photographers were washed away by the huge amount of water.

The images showed people screaming and struggling in the current while trying to keep their head above the water.

CCTV reports that local public safety, fire departments and other departments are continuing to conduct search and rescue.

China was hit by torrential rainfall like no other in the last few weeks. This has damaged infrastructure and flooded parts of Beijing.

Authorities claim that these disasters were responsible for 147 deaths and disappearances during July. The victims of Typhoon Doksuri are excluded from this number.

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