According to the Chinese rescue authorities, 61 people have died and 356,000 have been evacuated from their homes due to heavy rains and floods in most of southern and central China.
In a notice issued on Thursday night, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management said 9,300 homes collapsed and 371,100 hectares of farmland were damaged in the floods, with direct economic losses now estimated at 13.35 billion yuan ($ 1.93 trillion).
It said more than 4,300 people had been rescued from floodwaters, which have affected regions stretching from Guangdong province in the southeast to southwest China’s Chongqing on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river.
During the summer, China generally experiences droughts in the far north and floods in the south. The emergency ministry warned that northern areas would face even lower rainfall levels this year, while heavy rains are expected to increase flood risk upstream of the Yellow River.