Nearly a million people have been affected by heavy rain pelting several Chinese provinces, causing houses to collapse, decimating crops and blocking highways. Continuous storms have affected 360,700 people from 14 counties, districts and cities in Central China’s Hubei Province since Wednesday [22 July 2015], the provincial civil affairs department said. As of 2 pm on Thursday, about 36,950 hectares of cropland have been damaged and 145 houses have collapsed, resulting in direct economic losses of 67.79 million yuan ($10.9 mln), the department said…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Point

  • In Guangdong province, heavy rainfall affected more than 233,000 people and caused CNY 122 million (~US$19.6 million) in damages.

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  • In July 2015, Xinjiang suffered from a record heatwave (more than 40 degrees Celsius). Additionally, Liaoning province suffered from a drought reportedly caused the El Niño weather phenomenon.

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