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Landslide Leaves Nine Unaccounted for in Central China as Extreme Weather Conditions Continue

by Michael Nguyen
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China Extreme Weather

Extreme weather conditions in China, consisting of flooding, intense heat, and landslides have left nine people missing in central China, local authorities confirmed on Sunday. The landslides, triggered by significant rainfall, occurred alongside widespread flooding and extreme temperatures in large portions of the country.

Rescue teams managed to free five individuals from the debris at a highway construction site in Hubei, a central province where the incident took place on Saturday. Efforts are still underway, with the hope of discovering additional survivors.

Amid the extensive flooding in northern, central, and southeastern China, tens of thousands have been relocated to safer grounds. China frequently experiences seasonal flooding, however, this year’s event is notable due to the simultaneous extended heatwaves.

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This summer, China’s expansive land mass, covering more than 9 million square kilometers (4 million square miles), has concurrently been affected by heatwaves, floods, and drought.

In response to the intense heat, cities have opened their air raid shelters to provide respite to residents.

Earlier in the week, Beijing recorded over nine consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), marking the longest such stretch since 1961.

In an effort to protect public health, outdoor work was suspended in the capital and other regions, but a considerable number of workers, worried about economic repercussions, continued to work.

Two heat-related deaths have so far been reported in Beijing. Last Sunday, a tour guide tragically succumbed to heat stroke while leading a tour of the Summer Palace. A similar incident claimed the life of a woman in Beijing last month.

Health officials in Shaoxing, a city in Zhejiang province, disclosed that there had been heat-related deaths, but did not provide further information.

Cities such as Chongqing, renowned for its sweltering summers, have long utilized their air raid tunnels as public cooling centers. These shelters now typically provide seating areas, water, refreshments, heat stroke medicine, and sometimes amenities like Wi-Fi, television, and table tennis equipment.

Warnings were issued on Thursday by weather authorities about a severe drought in northern China, posing a risk to crops and straining the electric grid. Concurrently, heavy floods in southern China have caused the displacement of thousands over the recent weeks.

An unofficial new record high was set for the Earth’s average temperature on Thursday, marking the third instance within a week that has already been declared the hottest on record.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about China Extreme Weather

How many people are missing due to the landslide in China?

Nine people are missing in central China due to a landslide triggered by heavy rains.

What weather conditions is China experiencing?

China is experiencing extreme weather conditions, including heatwaves, flooding, and landslides.

How many people have been relocated due to the flooding in China?

Tens of thousands of people have been moved to safer locations due to heavy flooding across northern, central, and southeastern China.

What measures are cities in China taking to provide relief from the heat?

Cities have opened their air raid shelters to offer residents relief from the scorching heat. These shelters often come equipped with seating areas, water, refreshments, heat stroke medicine, and sometimes amenities like Wi-Fi, television, and table tennis equipment.

Have there been any heat-related casualties reported in China?

So far, two deaths in Beijing have been attributed to the heat. Both victims died from heat stroke, one being a tour guide at the Summer Palace and the other a woman in Beijing. Health authorities in Shaoxing have also reported heat-related deaths but didn’t provide specifics.

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8 comments

ClimateChangeSkeptic July 9, 2023 - 11:01 am

so whats new here, China always had extreme weather… nothin to do with so called climate change.

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GlobeTrotter98 July 9, 2023 - 2:26 pm

Wow… was in Chongqing 2 years ago. Couldn’t imagine it with this heat. hope those cooling centers are helping folks.

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MollyMakesADifference July 9, 2023 - 2:44 pm

Those poor workers, still working in these conditions. Workers rights need to be respected more!

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DadofThree July 9, 2023 - 8:37 pm

thinking bout all those families affected. breaks my heart…

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WeatherWatcher July 9, 2023 - 11:07 pm

Nine days above 95°F in Beijing, that’s serious heat, I’m worried about the older folks there. And landslides too? Crazy!

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SilentObserver July 10, 2023 - 2:11 am

it’s all becoming too much… heat, floods, landslide. Prayers for China.

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DaveyJones July 10, 2023 - 2:19 am

Man, this weather’s outta control! Can’t imagine dealing with heat AND floods at the same time. Stay safe, China!

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EcoWarriorGirl July 10, 2023 - 3:39 am

Global warming’s real, ppl! Look at what’s happening in China… heatwaves, floods, landslides, we gotta act NOW!!

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