Devastating “once in a century” floods in Guangdong threaten 127 MILLION locals in China, leave at least 4 dead
By Zoey Sky // Apr 29, 2024

Horrifying pictures have captured bridges collapsing and homes underwater as landslides and torrential rainfall threaten 127 million locals throughout the Guangdong region earlier this month.

The shocking images showed many flooded streets in the area as cars and roads are completely submerged. Footage also showed a heavily damaged bridge in Guangdong, leaving locals stranded in the area.

The heavy rainstorms that affected most of Southern China this April killed at least four victims.

According to reports from local authorities, at least three people have tragically died in Zhaoqing City after they were left trapped in their homes after rain battered the city. Reports also said that one rescuer died in Shaoguan City.

Meanwhile, others were forced to wade through the flood as they tried to seek safety as the weather was expected to worsen later that day.

"A total of 11 people are missing after continuous heavy rainfall hit many parts of (Guangdong) in recent days," state news agency Xinhua reported.

So far, the local emergency management department reported that almost 60,000 people have been relocated. More than 45,000 of these residents came from the northern Guangdong city of Qingyuan. (Related: Historic California flooding KILLS 3, keeps 38M under flood alerts.)

The city was ravaged as the banks of the neighboring Bei River started to overflow.

Heavy rain, strong winds and landslides damage properties in Guangdong

The horrible rains started on April 21 and fell over much of the Guangdong region, which is home to 127 million locals, near Hong Kong.

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The usually busy streets were soon flooded as landslides and heavy winds left trees collapsing with the region at a standstill. Reports  revealed that at least 36 houses have collapsed in Guangdong, with another 48 homes severely damaged.

Xinhua has estimated that the current cost of the flood damage could reach over $60 million. Many homes must be rebuilt, streets have to be cleared of debris and repaired and extra flood systems put in place.

According to reports, six people were injured in the town of Jiangwan. Many others were trapped in landslides as river waters reached terrifying levels of up to 19 feet above the warning limit.

Record levels of rain have been recorded in many parts of Guangdong. The terrible weather conditions have left the cities of Shaoguan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen floating half underwater.

Domestic flights landing in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, were canceled while many international ones were delayed. The heavy rains and flooding also left millions of homes without power and hundreds of schools shut down for the foreseeable future until an expensive clean-up operation can be conducted.

Almost a hundred rescuers have been sent out over the last few days. The rescuers tirelessly worked "day and night" to help terrified and desperate residents.

Local weather officials said the situation was "grim," as footage shows the brown, murky waters reaching the main roads and carrying several cars down rivers at an alarming rate.

One picture shows a lone cyclist going past a park that has been transformed into a lake by the flood. Meanwhile, residential streets were left flooded with silty water as people tried to escape the water by boat.

By April 22, Monday, at least 110,000 people had been evacuated across the province, while 25,800 people were in emergency shelters, reported Xinhua.

In Guangzhou, the government announced that the city had logged a cumulative rainfall of 60.9 cm in April, the highest monthly rainfall since record-keeping began in 1959.

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