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China’s Manufacturing Hub Raises Flood Alert to Highest Level

  • Cities along Pearl River basin shut businesses, suspend trains
  • Worse rain in decades risk inflationary surge, deeper slowdown
A submerged vehicle on a flooded street in Shaoguan on June 21.
A submerged vehicle on a flooded street in Shaoguan on June 21.Source: AFP/Getty Images

China’s manufacturing hub of Guangdong raised its flood warning to the highest level due to the worst rains in decades, spurring more evacuations and threatening further supply chain disruptions in an economy reeling from Covid-related lockdowns.

Guangdong province raised its flood control emergency response to the highest Level late on Tuesday, ordering areas at risk to take “necessary steps” to promptly halt schools, businesses, and traffic to minimize the impact of the torrential downpours and ensure the safety of lives and property, according to a notice from the local emergency management department.