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Severe weather affects China

August 19, 2015 2:46 PM |

china weatherSevere storms have led to six deaths and affected around 50,000 people in Yongxu County, Luzhou City of China. The widespread storm have also affected around 52,800 people across 10 cities, districts and counties in the Sichuan Province.

The resultant economic loss is estimated to be about $9.2 million. Rail transportation has also been affected as 18 high speed trains have been cancelled and 12 other trains have been delayed in the region. In Zhenxiong County in Yunnan Province, southwest China floods have left four people missing and has forced the evacuation of around 282 people.

In another incident of severe weather, thunderstorms are hampering rescue efforts after last week’s massive explosions in a warehouse in China's Tianjin port. The explosion had killed around 114 people and left 57 people exposed to dangerous chemicals. Some of the chemicals could catch fire on contact with water. There are concerns that the rain could spread large quantities of dangerous chemicals at the site. This could also lead to chemical reactions which can cause further explosions. On Tuesday around 50 firefighters were killed and 52 went missing thus, making this the deadliest disaster ever for the firefighters.

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