According to the official media, 14 people have died as a result of torrential rain that slammed China’s northeastern Jilin province on Sunday.
This is the most recent death toll following more than a week of weather-related disasters around the nation.
Beijing announced on Friday that 147 people died or disappeared last month as a result of natural disasters, which it blamed on China’s recent record-breaking severe rains.
Following intense rain in the northeastern city of Shulan, state-run broadcaster CCTV reported an additional 14 fatalities and one person missing, citing local authorities.
State news agency Xinhua reported that after over 19,000 people were evacuated and 21 “temporary relocation facilities” were set up, the area’s heavy rains had “basically ended” by this point.
The torrential rain brought on by Storm Doksuri, which made landfall in mainland China as a typhoon before turning north, is the worst since records were kept 140 years ago. Cleaning-up efforts are still being made after the torrential rains wrecked infrastructure and inundated entire regions.
Additionally, according to Xinhua, authorities have issued a warning after “water levels exceeded the alert line” in some areas of two significant rivers in Heilongjiang and Jilin.
CCTV aired footage of the Heilongjiang province’s rehabilitation operations, showing locals using shovels to remove muddy water from structures.
Extreme weather events and protracted heatwaves have affected millions of people recently all over the world, and scientists believe that climate change is making these disasters worse.
Additionally, authorities said on Saturday that at least 10 people have died in floodwaters in one of the hardest-hit cities in Hebei province, where more than 1.5 million people have been evacuated.