Rain, rain, go away

Sad news from China today. China’s Xinhua news agency is reporting that severe rainstorms have left eight people dead and affected millions more. According to the news agency, the autonomous region of Guangxi Zhuang was the worst hit:

“Over 2,300 houses collapsed due to the heavy rain. And direct economic losses are estimated to stand at about 310 million yuan (48.7 million U.S. dollars).

Local governments have relocated 23,300 people.

Rainstorms and gales have hit the southern coastal city of Beihai in the region over the past few days.

The local meteorological observatory in Beihai gave a blue-color-coded warning signal at 4 p.m. on Monday, predicting gales will rage over Beihai and the Beibu Gulf in the following 24 hours.

Shipping routes from Beihai to Weizhou Island and from Beihai to Haikou, capital of the southern Hainan province, have been suspended as of 8 a.m. on Sunday, according to the local maritime department.”

The Washington Post puts the death toll at 16.

More torrential rain is expected in the Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui provinces in south China, as well as Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces in the southwest, over the next three days. Precipitation in some areas may total as much as 160 mm.

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