Beijing: According to local media, 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 these cities and prefectures in Sichuan, north and northwest of Chengdu will see heavy rain this weekend, and cities in Mianyang, Ya’an, Guangyuan, Deyang, Aba and Garze prefectures will also see moderate to heavy rain, according to the Global Times.
Jiling Snow Mountain Ski Resort in Chengdu recorded the highest rainfall, reaching 165.1 millimeters, from 5:00 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
Notably, the Central Meteorological Center 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 heat wave 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. China’s economic growth slowed to 0.4 percent, the Washington Post reported.
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.
China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, has sought to position itself as a global leader in climate action by emphasizing its shift to electric vehicles and other systems. But the country continues to build new coal-fired power plants.
This month, Beijing suspended bilateral climate talks with the United States in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.