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China's northeast inundated in Doksuri's wake

Almost 15K residents were moved out of the city of Shulan in corn-growing Jilin province, where one person was dead and four others missing, according to state media.
Last Updated : 05 August 2023, 07:42 IST
Last Updated : 05 August 2023, 07:42 IST

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Floodwaters from Typhoon Doksuri continued to deluge farms and cities in northeast China into the weekend, with the country's disaster relief systems struggling to contain the aftermath of one of the strongest storms in years.

Almost 15,000 residents were moved out of the city of Shulan in corn-growing Jilin province, where one person was dead and four others missing, according to state media.

Rain has fallen continuously in Shulan since Aug. 1, some areas getting 489mm of rainfall, five times the previous record. Bridges have collapsed and roads were damaged across the city, state media reported.

State news agency China News Service showed images of waterlogged streets around factories and homes in Shulan, a city of more than 700,000.

The record-breaking rains arrived in late July as the remnants of Typhoon Doksuri moved inland, battering northern China and causing massive floods, disrupting the lives of millions.

In Beijing, city authorities on Saturday warned of sinkholes and mudslides in the Fangshan and Mentougou outer districts of the capital.

Rainfall this past week broke many records in Beijing and northern China, with the vast Haihe river basin hit with its worst flooding since 1963.

Floodwaters could take up to a month to recede in Hebei province, a water resources department official told state media.

Zhuozhou southwest of Beijing is the hardest hit city in Hebei province, with about 100,000 people - a sixth of its population - evacuated.

On Saturday, water reached warning levels and continued to rise on the Muling river in northeast China's Heilongjiang province, known as the nation's "great northern granary", the provincial hydrology office said.

China has long been aware of urban waterlogging risks, with rapid development creating metropolitan sprawls that cover flood plains with concrete. Extreme weather driven by global warming is making it worse.

The impact of typhoons is rare in China's northeast, with most typhoons moving away west or northwest after making landfall in China, Chinese meteorological experts say.

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Published 05 August 2023, 07:42 IST

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