Over 700 people have already died in floods in China that are drowning the south of the country.
13 million people have been evacuated, and now more rain is on the way.
A second tropical storm is about to hit in the space of a week, and after weeks of torrential rain water tables are bursting in centeral China and landslides are claiming more lives. Some fear a repeat of the Yangtze floods of 1998, which killed 4000.
“110 million people have been affected by the disaster, with 701 dead and 347 missing. 645,000 homes have collapsed, and the total direct economic loss is about 21 billion US dollars,” said the General Secretary of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Liu Ning.
Liu Ning added China was better prepared thanks to the Three Gorges dam to counter floods, and that water levels were not as high as 12 years ago, although many rivers are already over the 1998 mark.
In fact the Three Gorges’ 600-kilometre long reservoir is now fuller than it has ever been, and at one point last week the level rose by four metres in one day such is the volume of water falling on China right now.