More Rain, Floods Deluge China’s Yangtze Basin

More than 36 million people have been affected by the flooding along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze this month (map) and the death toll has risen to 175 with at least 86 missing, state media say. More than 1.6 million people have had to be evacuated in what are being said to be the worst floods since the 1950s with many of the Yangtze’s tributaries swollen to dangerous levels. The direct economic loss is now put at 35 billion yuan ($5.4 billion).

Zhejiang has borne the brunt of the latest downpours with river embankments in Lanxi reported as being at the point of bursting. Some 80,000 residents have been evacuated. More torrential rain is in the forecast for the next three to five days. Meanwhile heavy rain and floods are also hitting Gansu in the northwest.

Update: Caixin has a series of photographs of a very wet looking Wuhan.

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