Monday, September 26, 2022

Thousands evacuated from flood threat in China

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Thousands of people were evacuated Monday to safer areas as heavy rains threatened flooding in a region in southwestern China that has suffered a devastating drought and heat wave for most of the summer.

Parts of Sichuan and Chongqing provinces are expected to receive rain until at least Tuesday. Chongqing, a metropolis built on a mountainous area between mountains and rural areas, issued a flash flood warning for two days.

State broadcaster CCTV said on Monday that officials had moved 61,000 people from Sichuan to safer areas since Sunday afternoon. A city under the jurisdiction of Guanyuan city received 18.8 centimeters (7.4 in) of rain. It was one of the two Sichuan cities most affected by the drought.

The change in weather brought some respite from the heat and power was restored to factories in the area after a two-week ban due to a drop in hydroelectric power generation.

The rain should help farmers, who have seen their rice, chilli and other crops suffer prolonged drought, leaving reservoirs almost dry.

Temperatures are above 40 °C (104 Fahrenheit) in what forecasts described as China’s fastest heat wave since records began in 1961.

CCTV said on its website that electricity has been “fully restored” in Sichuan for industrial and commercial use. Lowering temperatures reduced domestic demand for air-conditioning and started raining hydroelectric dams.

The decline in hydropower generation prompted Sichuan power companies to increase their use of coal plants, a temporary blow to efforts to cut carbon dioxide and other emissions.

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