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Climate Change Threatens China With Yet Another Deadly Flood Season

The government forecasts that flooding could be as bad as last summer when torrential rain killed hundreds and caused billions in damage.

The rising river water in Guilin, Guangxi province, on May 11.

The rising river water in Guilin, Guangxi province, on May 11.

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As China’s rainy season starts, National Climate Center forecasts show that flooding in the north and south of the country could be as bad as last summer when torrential rain killed hundreds. Cities that house millions of people have little time to prepare.

More than 27,000 residents from 22 counties in the southern province of Guangxi were affected by heavy rains last week and more than 2,300 hectares of crops were damaged, causing 104 million yuan ($15.4 million) in losses. In Guangdong, another southern province, many cities shut down kindergartens, primary and secondary schools due to the downpours.