As many as 46,400 people were evacuated overnight after heavy rain hit China’s Sichuan province since Saturday, according to local media.
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, and the north and northwest of Chengdu will see heavy rain this weekend, while cities in Mianyang, Ya’an, Guangyuan, Deyang, Aba and Garze prefectures will also see moderate to heavy rain, according to Global Times.
Most of the rain fell at the Xiling snow mountain ski resort in Chengdu from 5 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. (local time) on Sunday, reaching 165.1 millimeters.
The Central Meteorological Observatory had issued a blue alarm for rain showers on Sunday morning.
Local authorities warned that persistently high temperatures have increased the risk of natural disasters in parts of Sichuan, where drought in the province has loosened or hardened soils, and that heavy rainfall could trigger short-term mudslides and other extreme natural disasters.
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) issued a yellow warning on Sunday morning of high temperatures in some parts of the country, including eastern Sichuan, with the highest temperature even exceeding 40°C.
China’s worst heat wave in six decades is deepening the country’s economic challenges. Chinese officials have warned that the country may not meet its growth target of 5.5 percent for the year. China’s economic growth is slowing to 0.4 percent, The Washington Post reports.
As climate change worsened, the heat waves are also expected to become more frequent in China.
Eleven counties currently have warnings for temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Chongqing, a self-governed city surrounded by Sichuan province, hit the record 112.1 degrees over the weekend, with highs of more than 104 degrees lasting for about another week, according to The Washington Post.
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