China Flood: Nearly 300,000 people evacuated in the eastern provinces of Anhui and Jiangxi

Published on : Friday, July 10, 2020

After weeks of powerful seasonal flooding in southwestern and central China, and heavy rains have caused major floods along the Yangtze River, with nearly 300,000 people evacuated in the eastern provinces of Anhui and Jiangxi as homes have been destroyed, roads paralysed and many left stranded without food or electricity.

There are more than 2,000 homes were damaged by the latest floodwaters, forcing the evacuation of 147,000 people by Tuesday in Anhui, after a week of heavy rainstorms on the country’s eastern coast. In neighbouring Jiangxi, more than 151,000 people were evacuated, with nearly 2,000 houses damaged, between Monday and Wednesday.

The seasonal floodwaters first hit the regions of Sichuan and Chongqing in the southwest and Hubei in central China in late June, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and damaging more than 10,000 houses. The unusually heavy floods have presented an extra confront too many in areas already struggling with loss of income and jobs caused by the deadly coronavirus pandemic.


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