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15 dead, 3 missing after rainstorms hit Shanxi province
Published on: 2021-10-13
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At least 15 people were killed after heavy rain and flooding battered China's northern province of Shanxi, destroying thousands of homes and forcing more than 120,000 people to relocate to safer areas, local officials said Tuesday.
 

The province experienced its worst flooding this month since records began, meteorological official Wang Wenyi said at a news conference Tuesday, adding the province's average rainfall in October was 13 times that of the same period in a normal year.
 

At least 1.75 million people have been affected by the flooding, which has caused at least 19,500 houses to collapse and seriously damaged another 18,200 homes, local emergency management official Wang Qirui said at the news conference. Three people remain missing, Wang Qirui added.
 

According to Wang Qirui, the heavy rainfall and floods have caused an estimated direct economic loss of more than 5 billion Chinese yuan in the province.
 

The heavy rains also forced the closures of 60 coal mines in Shanxi, according to a statement released Saturday by the provincial government's Emergency Management Bureau. Shanxi is China's largest coal mining hub, accounting for a quarter of the country's coal production.
 

Scientists say climate change is making extreme flooding worse -- and warn the number of people at risk from extreme flooding has grown significantly.
 

山西暴雨致15人死亡,3人失踪!未来极端天气或频发!

山西,十月里的强降雨引发全国关注。
 

刚刚,山西省召开防汛救灾新闻发布会,通报相关情况。截至目前,此次强降雨共致山西11个市76个县(市、区)175.71万人受灾,因灾死亡15人,失踪3人,紧急转移安置12.01万人,农作物受灾面积357.69万亩,倒塌房屋1.95万间,严重损坏1.82万间,直接经济损失50.29亿元。
 

更加需要警惕的是IPCC联合国气候变化专门委员会刚出一个报告,未来全球极端天气、极端自然灾害会变得越来越频发,不管是极端强降雨、极端台风灾害、极端干旱,甚至有可能到冬天有极端寒潮,都会呈现频发趋势。

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