Death toll from central China floods rises to five

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Published: 6/25/2024 5:21:11 AM

The death toll from mountain floods in central China has risen to five, state media reported Tuesday, as the country braces through a summer of extreme weather.

Record rainfall struck hilly Hunan province on Saturday, leading to "severe waterlogging" and sudden deluges, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Citing "relevant authorities", state broadcaster CCTV said Tuesday that a person missing after inundations in Yuanling county had been found dead, bringing the number of fatalities to five. The toll had stood at four as of Monday afternoon.

China has been enduring extreme weather conditions in recent months, from torrential rainfall to searing heat waves.

The country is the leading emitter of greenhouse gases, which scientists say drive climate change and make extreme weather events more frequent and intense.

Persistent downpours are forecast across a swath of central, eastern and southern China until Thursday, according to the weather office.

An extreme heat alert was in place in the capital Beijing on Tuesday, with temperatures forecast to exceed 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

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