by Doyin Jaiyesimi
Heavy rainstorm has left many parts of China in ruins, including Beijing, the capital city. The rainstorm which started since the weekend has swept through 17 provincial areas of China, leaving 95 people dead and 45 missing. It has also completely destroyed 29,000 houses while 55,000 more have been left damaged. And we thought we had it bad in Lagos.
According to the statistics provided by the civil affairs ministry, the heavy rainstorm has affected about 6.23 million people in 264 counties and has forced the 567,000 residents to be evacuated from their homes. As should be expected, the rain has also disrupted train services in northwest China. Railway lines have been flooded since Monday afternoon and up to ten passenger trains were left stranded on the Lanzhou-Xinjiang and the Southern Xinjiang Railway lines.
This is the heaviest rain in six decades in the Chinese capital which has also led to the Yangtze River reaching its highest flood peak since 1981. The historic downpour has submerged power supply facilities, causing blackouts in several parts of China.
Have a look at the photos here.