Floods in Southern China, 2.63 Million Residents Affected, 20 Killed

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NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – The death toll from floods and landslides in southern China reached 20 people.

While some other residents are still unknown. The flooding in South China this time affected 2.63 million local residents.

Floods and landslides in South China caused by heavy rains have occurred since Tuesday (9/6) night.

Flooding has affected 2.63 million residents in 11 provinces and provincial level autonomous regions. Thus the data from the Ministry of Disaster Management of China (MOEM), Friday, June 12, 2020.

The flood forced 228 thousand people to flee. And 1,300 residential units were badly damaged. Up to causing economic losses directly reached 4 billion yuan or around Rp8,047 trillion.

In the Guangxi Autonomous Region alone, as many as six people have been killed and one missing after being washed down by rain in the past few days.

In the province which borders Vietnam directly, nearly 1.3 million people were affected by the disaster, as many as 195,800 people were evacuated.

Extreme weather occurs in provinces that have tourist attractions that have not yet fully recovered from the COVID-19 attack.

In Yangshuo District, which is famous for the beauty of karst hills and river views, some tourists were evacuated using bamboo rafts.

The local district government reported 1,000 units of hotels and inns as well as 5,000 souvenir shops flooded. More than 30 attractions were damaged.

“My losses amounted to 3 million yuan (Rp6,035 billion), but none of our guests were injured,” said Zhang Ting, the innkeeper. The rooms are submerged in water as high as 1 meter, as quoted by Xinhua.

In Hunan Province, at least 13 people were killed in the disaster. The local government said 321,000 people in 21 districts / cities were affected.

Flooding also occurred in Guangdong Province, Guizhou Province, and Jiangxi Province.

In Guizhou, eight people are unknown. (yos)