We are working to assist those affected, but there is a dire need for shelter, food, and water due to the rising number of displaced families. Thousands of emergency responders are battling to contain fast-spreading wildfires in China's southwestern city of Chongqing amid a weeks-long, record heat wave in the region. The fires, which have been visible at night from parts of the downtown area, have swept forests and mountains around the mega city in recent days. More than 1,500 residents have been relocated to safe zones, while 5,000 firefighters, police, local officers and volunteers, and seven firefighting helicopters have been dispatched to help combat the blazes. The fires in Chongqing were the result of "spontaneous combustion" mainly caused by extremely high temperatures. On Tuesday morning, China issued a red alert heat warning, the highest of four color-coded levels, to at least 165 cities and counties across the country. More than 900 million people across the country have been affected by the heat wave this summer.
Disaster relief, providing shelter, food and water. Torrential rains in southern China have killed at least 25 people, impacted millions of residents and caused billions of yuan in economic losses, as the country grapples with increasingly devastating flood seasons fueled by climate change. In recent weeks, heavy rainfall has triggered severe flooding and landslides in large swathes of southern China, damaging homes, crops and roads. In Hunan province, 10 people have been killed this month and three remain missing, with 286,000 people evacuated and a total of 1.79 million residents affected. More than 2,700 houses have collapsed or suffered severe damage, and 96,160 hectares of crops have been destroyed -- heavy losses for a province that serves as a major rice-producing hub for China. Direct economic losses are estimated at more than 4 billion yuan ($600 million), according to officials.
Disaster relief, providing shelter, food and water. A bus has fallen into a river in northern China, leaving at least three people dead and 11 others missing after flooding from heavy rains destroyed homes and covered farmland in two provinces. In neighboring Shanxi province to the west, flooding has forced more than 120,000 people to leave their homes, destroyed 17,000 homes, forced the suspension of operations of hundreds of mines and damaged 190,000 hectares (470,000 acres) of farmland. About 1.75 million people have been affected in total in Shanxi by floods caused by heavy rainfall that reached levels almost four times the usual monthly average. The majority of deaths occurred in the capital city, Zhengzhou, where more than 600mm of rain, equivalent almost to an average year, fell in just three days. About 40 people died in underground carparks, while at least 20 others died in a flooded road tunnel and metro station.
Providing shelter, food and water. The official death toll from central China’s devastating floods has risen to 33, as the public began to ask questions about the readiness of authorities for the disaster.
Cleanup efforts were under way in Henan province and the capital city Zhengzhou on Thursday, after a record breaking rain storm flooded the city's streets and subway, damaged dams and reservoirs, collapsed roads, cut power to at least one hospital and was linked to a massive explosion at a factory in Dengfeng city. Authorities said 200,000 people were displaced by the floods and more than three million people were affected. They also reported that eight people are still missing.
Heavy rain was forecast to continue this week, driven in part by a strengthening typhoon east of Taiwan. In Guangdong, in southern China, 13 construction workers were killed when they were trapped in a flooded tunnel. Thousands of rescuers were sent in to assist northern Henan, where dozens of counties were hit by flooding on Wednesday night and Thursday, with reports of overflowing reservoirs, submerged roads, and cars and trucks being washed away.
China floods: 100,000 evacuated as waters reach Giant Buddha statue. Floods on the upper reaches of China’s Yangtze river forced authorities to evacuate more than 100,000 people on Tuesday and threatened a 1,200-year-old world heritage site. The broader Yangtze River basin — which includes Poyang Lake and stretches more than 3,900 miles from Shanghai in the east to the Tibetan border in the west — accounts for 70% of the country's rice production. Disaster Relief providing food water and shelter.
Devastating flood water caused 228,000 to be evacuated from their homes in south and central China after major flooding caused some houses to collapse into the river. Disaster Relief providing food water and shelter. The flooding has destroyed 1,300 homes.
The world is fast approaching a tipping point in the spread of the coronavirus, according to experts, who warn that the disease is outpacing efforts to contain it. The international community needed to act quickly before the narrowing “window of opportunity” closed completely. The tipping point after which our ability to prevent a global pandemic ends seems a lot closer after the past 24 hours. Fast isolation of even mild cases in affected areas is important for preventing substantial person-to-person transmission. It is critical that public health guidelines are followed.
Update 02/09/2020: The coronavirus outbreak has killed at least 811 people and infected more than 37,500 globally as it continues to spread beyond China.
The deadly coronavirus outbreak that's infected more than 37,500 globally and more deaths than the SARS epidemic in the early 2000s spurred China's government on Sunday to address the growing shortage of medical equipment.
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