BEIJING: Weeks of torrential rains have caused the worst flooding in China in recent decades, destroying the homes and livelihoods of millions of people as the country struggles to revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Since June, devastating floods have impacted 38 million people — more than the entire population of Canada. Some 2.24 million residents have been displaced, with 141 people dead or missing, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Monday.
On Sunday, Chinese authorities raised the country’s flood alert to the second highest level in a four-tier emergency response system. Chinese President Xi Jinping described the flood control situation as “very grim” and called for “stronger and more effective measures” to protect lives and assets.