At least 15 people have died during unseasonal heavy rains and flooding in northern China’s Shanxi province earlier this month, local officials said on Tuesday, a week after three months of rain in a normally dry region. after.
Floods affected a coal-rich land area during a nationwide energy crisis, and in July, record flooding in central Henan province killed more than 300 people.
At least 60 coal mines in the province – one of China’s top coal-producing regions – were temporarily closed due to flooding, but now all except four have returned to normal operation, local emergency management officer Wang Kirui said. said in a press conference.
Wang said about 19,000 buildings were destroyed by the bad weather, while another 18,000 were “severely damaged”.
“Fifteen people have died and three are missing due to the disaster,” he said.
According to Wang, at least 1.75 million residents across the province have been affected by the floods, of whom 120,000 have been evacuated.
Photos published by the local state-run Shanxi Evening News on Tuesday showed traffic police carrying school children on their backs, while several vehicles were stuck.
Shanxi has more than tripled the average monthly rainfall for October in just five days last week, the provincial government said, adding that rainfall had broken records in many areas.
Many regions of China have been affected by unprecedented floods this year.
Thousands of people were evacuated in Hubei and Sichuan provinces this summer due to torrential rains.
And last month more than 300 people were killed in central China’s Henan province after record rain – a year’s rain in three days.
Experts say that due to climate change, weather events like heavy floods and severe droughts are becoming more common.
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