According to local media reports, 46,400 people have been evacuated overnight due to heavy rains in China’s Sichuan province since Saturday.
The Global Times reported that seven cities and prefectures, including Chengdu, Guangyuan and Garze Tibet Autonomous Prefecture, were among the affected areas.
Among them, cities and prefectures in Sichuan and northern and northwestern areas of Chengdu will see heavy rainfall this weekend while cities in Mianyang, Ya’an, Guangyuan, Diyang, Aba and Garze prefectures will also experience moderate to heavy rainfall, according to Global Times.
From 5pm on Saturday to 7.30am on Sunday (local time), Chengdu’s Shiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort recorded the highest rainfall, reaching 165.1mm.
The Central Meteorological Observatory had issued a blue alert for rainstorm on Sunday morning.
Local authorities have warned that persistently high temperatures have increased the risk of natural disasters in parts of Sichuan, where the province’s drought has loosened or hardened soil and short-term heavy rains could trigger mudslides and other extreme natural disasters. .
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow warning for high temperatures in parts of the country, including eastern Sichuan, on Sunday morning, with maximum temperatures even exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.
China’s worst heatwave in six decades is deepening the country’s economic challenges. Chinese officials have warned that the country could miss their 5.5 percent growth target for the year. The Washington Post reported that China’s economic growth fell to 0.4 percent.
Heat waves are expected to become increasingly common in China due to climate change.
Eleven states are currently under warnings for temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Chongqing, a self-governing city surrounded by Sichuan province, reached a record high of 112.1 degrees over the weekend, with highs of more than 104 degrees predicted to continue for another week, according to The Washington Post.
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