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Flooding in China continues

Rescuers save a resident from a flooded building in Chongqing, China, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer News Network

A dog is seen trapped on a flooded street in Shucheng county, Anhui province, July 3, 2016. Picture taken July 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer News Network

An employee wipes away tears as he walks through a flooded farm, where pigs cannot be moved away from due to an environmental protection and epidemic prevention measure, before he leaves for safer place in Liu'an, Anhui Province, China, July 4, 2016. Picture taken July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer News Network

Heavy rain around China's Yangtze river basin has left at least 128 people dead and many missing, says local media.

Flooding in China continues

Flooding around China’s Yangtze river basin has already forced more than 1.3 million people to evacuate their homes and  surrender them to the extreme weather conditions.

The Civil Affairs Ministry has noted that millions more will be affected by continuing downpour and a looming typhoon, expected to land in China later this week.

The weather conditions that began in late June have reportedly already destroyed upwards of 40,000 homes.

Haunting images of the damage and extent of the storm have been released by local media depicting a sports stadium in Hubei flooded to the top, as well as a harrowing image of a farmer crying as he farewells his pigs, who are unable to be moved away from the flooding due to environmental protection laws.

Whilst flooding is common during the summer monsoon season, extreme weather conditions and heavy rainfall has led to severe loss of life and billions of dollars worth of damage.

 

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