- President Xi instructed officials to ensure public security.
- Flooding in Chongqing has forced thousands of people to leave their homes.
- The rains disrupted the lives of 130,000 people, damaged 7,500 hectares of crops.
Heavy rains and severe flooding killed at least 15 people in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing, as climate change ravaged global weather, causing intense storms and extreme conditions in many countries.
China is grappling with an outbreak of extreme weather conditions as it recorded record temperatures and hottest days ever, affecting the second most populous country and causing hardships to people.
President Xi Jinping instructed officials to make greater efforts to protect the public from the extreme weather, as floods forced people to flee their homes.
In the sprawling city of Chongqing, floods forced thousands of people out of their homes, destroyed bridges and swept away cars.
According to the Chinese broadcaster, 15 people were killed in recent days, according to officials, four were missing as of early Wednesday Xinhua News informed of.
The latest round of heavy rains has disrupted the lives of more than 130,000 people and damaged over 7,500 hectares of crops. Xinhua informed of.
Flooding in Wanzhou district, northeast of Chongqing, caused economic losses of 227.8 million yuan ($31.5 million), according to state media. cctv Said.
Videos on social media showed rivers overflowing in towns and cities and people being pulled out of waist-deep water. One clip showed rescue workers breaking open window screens to reach people trapped in an apartment.
Xi demanded that officials at all levels give top priority to ensuring the safety of people and property, and called on the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and the Ministries of Emergency Management and Water Resources to improve their coordination and warnings. Xinhua informed of.
The ministries of finance and emergency management announced 320 million yuan in emergency funds to aid in disaster relief, including in Chongqing.
The Ministry of Water Resources launched flood emergency responses for the Inner Mongolia region and Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces. cctv informed of.
State media reported that heavy rain is expected in those areas on Wednesday.